Fix Toilet

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Water trickling into the bowl

Possibility #1: Bad flapper

Level of difficulty: Easy
Estimated time taken: 30 minutes
Tools required:

  • None
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Step 1: Turn water off

  1. Locate the handle attached to the hose coming from your toilet that goes into your wall
  2. Turn handle clockwise to turn off water to the toilet

Step 2: Drain tank

  1. Simply flush the toilet after the water is off to drain the water in the tank
  2. You may need to flush twice

Step 3: Examine flapper

  1. Ensure the flapper is installed correctly
  2. Check for any signs of damage or deterioration
  3. The flapper should be soft and flexible

Step 4: Replace flapper

  1. Disconnect lift chain the from flush lever that's attached to the flapper
  2. Pull flapper off overflow tube
  3. Wipe off gasket to ensure good seal
  4. Install new flapper

Step 5: Adjust lift chain

  1. With the lid still off of your toilet, attach the chain and push the handle down.
  2. Ensure that the flapper opens up all the way when you push on the handle
  3. Ensure that the flapper closes all the way when you let go of the handle
  4. Make any necessary adjustments

Example Video:


Possibility #2: Bad flush valve

Level of difficulty: Hard
Estimated time taken: 30 minutes
Tools required:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Socket wrench
  • Towel
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Rib joint pliers
  • Small plastic container
  • Cement mixing bucket

Step 1: Turn water off

  1. Locate the handle attached to the hose coming from your toilet that goes into your wall
  2. Turn handle clockwise to turn off water to the toilet

Step 2: Drain tank

  1. Simply flush the toilet after the water is off to drain the water in the tank
  2. You may need to flush twice
  3. Use a towel to dry up the remaining water in the tank

Slow refill

Step 3:Remove water supply hose

  1. Disconnect the steel braided hose from the bottom of your tank
  2. Place the open end in the small plastic container to contain any excess water

Step 4: Remove tank

  1. Remove tank mounting bolts underneath tank
  2. Place tank upside down in big cement mixing bucket

Step 5: Remove large rubber gasket from bottom

  1. This should just pull right off

Step 6: Undo large lock nut from bottom

Step 7: Pull out flush valve

Step 8: Insert new flush valve

Step 9: Put everything back together in reverse order

Example Video:

Toilet leaking on floor at the base of toilet

It is most likely that the wax ring needs to be replaced if it leaks at this location. It is a project that you can do it yourself or you can hire a handyman.

Example Video:

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