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CaptChaos 12-16-2009 10:17 AM

Problem with Toilet Incoming Water
Greetings Fellow DIYers:

I am having a weird problem with my toilet. When I flush my toilet, water does not rush into the inlet valve right away. It slowly trickles in, with water coming in slowly through the inlet valve (but not into the overflow tube). It doesn't appear to be related to the float arm as that is fully depressed (down) and when I manually push it up, the trickle stops totally).

The odd thing is that if I manually close and then open the supply valve on the supply line, some bubbles appear to come out of the base of the inlet tube and the tank fills normally.

Any ideas? Is it possible\easier to simply replace the entire inlet assembly.


CaptChaos 12-16-2009 12:39 PM

Next Steps
Hi Everyone:

Going to try steps 2-4 on the link below:

Will let you know it works.


El Cheapo 12-17-2009 02:41 AM

Fill valve
If its a good brass model like woolverine you might take it apart and stick coathanger in valve ,turn on water,catch with towell ,and wash build up out , then turn over washer in it that has no screw hole ,pry it out with pocket knife, if its plastic valve, toss it and get fluidmaster 400a and a new red korky flapper

AllanJ 12-17-2009 07:08 AM

In your case, deposits or sediment may be keeping tyhe valve from opening completely, or blocking the incoming flow.

You want to be very careful with metal objects and tools such as coat hangers as you could damage parts like the valve seat and then the valve won't close completely.

CaptChaos 12-21-2009 02:33 PM

Hi Everyone:

Just to follow up, I ended up replacing the entire inlet valve, with a new plastic Fluidmaster model. I decided to go with the plastic model as the toilet's lifespan is expected to be shortened pending a future bathroom renvation. I suspect the hold one was clogged with sediment but numerous attempts to clear it out didn't yield results.

About 10 minutes and $15 at Home Depot. Pretty easy job. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the suggestions.

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