Fix A Leaking Toilet in Regina
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Step 1 - Inspect the Float and Inlet Valve
Take a look inside the tank on the back of the toilet. If the water is above the overflow, the problem could be with the float or inlet valve. The float rises with the increase in water levels and uses the inlet valve shut off the water. If the two don't work properly, water keeps flowing and will spill into overflow down into. To check the inlet valve, flush the toilet and, as the water rises, lift the rod that holds the float until you hear the water stop. If the water stops, the inlet valve is OK, and the problem is caused by the float.
Step 2 - Adjust Float
A screw at the top of the mechanism allows you to adjust the level of the float. You should be able to lower the level that the water rises in the tank with this. If this fails to stop water from running into the overflow, the problem could be with the float. Check to see whether the float needs replacing. A new rod and float are easy to replace and cost only a few dollars.
Step 3 - Turn Off the Water
If you tested the valve as described above and water doesn't stop, the problem is with the ballcock. Though it's possible to repair a broken ballcock, it's usually best to replace the whole assembly:
After turning off the water at the shutoff valve, flush the toilet and hold down the handle to remove most of the water from the tank. Remove the excess water at the bottom of the tank with a sponge.
Step 4 - Replace Assembly
Remove the water line that connects to the bottom of the tank. Use pliers to remove the nut securing the ballcock to the tank. Lift out the assembly and install the new assembly into place. Thread on a new nut from underneath the tank, and tighten. Reattach the supply line. Inside the tank, clip the new refill tube in place. Turn the water on at the shutoff.
Step 5 - Test the Flapper
If you've checked the water level in the tank and it's not rising above the overflow water is still leaking into the bowl,it's possible leak is around the flapper. Here is how you test for this: turn off the water supply, then wait to see whether the level in the tank drops. If it drops noticeably after about 15 minutes, the problem a tight flapper chain, preventing the flapper from dropping all the way into the seat, or a leak in the flapper. Adjust the flapper chain and retest.
Step 6 - Replace the Flapper
Drain the tank and turn off the water at the shutoff valve. Flush the toilet and hold down the handle.Wipe the flapper seat with a clean cloth to make sure it's free of debris. Install a matching flapper onto the hinges at the base of the overflow. Turn water back on and test.