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Old 08-24-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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The toilet bowl is leaking water causing the tank to refill at random intervals. Some days it does not leak at all. I have replaced the flapper valve and emptied water that collected in the float. Neither have stopped the problem. At times, I can see a small trickle of water running into the bowl from the tank as if it were flushing at an incredibly slow speed. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-24-2011, 11:23 AM   #2
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water level too high causing water to spill over into the fill tube?
flapper seat have crud on it?
right size flapper?
could be a number of things.

BTW-Rob, the float should never EVER have water in it. if it does, replace it.

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Water level is several inches below the fill tube. I have wiped the flapper valve and seal, but maybe I'll try that again. I replaced it with an identical valve that had not been leaking for four years, so I assume it is the correct size. I will replace the float, but am curious if a little water in it could cause the leaking that I am describing. Thanks for the quick reply and fix ideas. Any other insight would be greatly appreciated.
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on the flapper seat (the round ring in the bottom of the tank that the flapper falls down on), just remember it should be perfectly smooth and the flapper should seat perfectly flat on it, with just a tad of overhang all the way around. it only takes a granule size piece of crud in the right place, and it will allow water to slowly leak out. doesn't take much.

full water level should be about an inch below the top of the fill tube in order to get a good complete flush.
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Also, the hose that goes down the fill tube should not go down below the water level or the water will siphon down to the level the bottom of the hose is at. This would cause a pretty consistent re-fill cycle however, so probably not your problem, just something else to check.
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I'd just buy a new fill valve kit - they cost about $10. Good place to start.
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I read about the fill tube acting as a syphon in another thread, and sure enough, that appears to have been the problem. Hasn't run in three days. I don't know what would have caused it to act up all of the sudden, but so long as it has stopped...I'm happy.

Thanks again for all the help.

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