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Old 05-13-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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I have a leak in my toilet tank, but the tank only drains/leaks to about an inch below the fill line when I turn off the water supply. There is no water outside the tank or bowl.

The water supply has been off for a couple days and the tank has not lost any additional water.

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If no water is on the floor or other surface, then the flapper is probaly leaking but so small of a leak it takes a full tank of water to make it leak. Put just one drop of food coloring in the tank, it wil verify a slow leak if the colored water shows up in the bowl.

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Thanks. I will try that and see what happens. I know to start at the flapper, but since the tank only drained about an inch I figured it might be something else.
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post a picture of the insides of that toilet
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If the shut off under the tank doesn't hold or you can't turn it then turn off all the water to the house. Open a faucet after turning off the main shut off to relieve the pressure in the pipes.

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How far down is the white (refill) tubing going into the overflow tube?
Water will be siphoned out of the tank until the water level in the tank is even with the bottom of the white tubing.

If the white tubing is protruding far down into the overflow tube, set the white tubing using the clip so the end is close to the top of the overflow tube. If you want the water level in the tank high, almost to the top of the overflow tube, there are clips that have an angle adapter that hold the end of the white (refill) tubing even with the top of the overflow tube. This should resolve your problem.


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thanks for the info.
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homerepairguy,
i think that might have been it. i moved the tube and filled the tank and did not notice the water level lower this morning. i still have the water supply off, so i'll check it again when i get home from work before turning the supply back on.
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Yep I think that was it! Water level is still holding.
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How far down is the white (refill) tubing going into the overflow tube?
Water will be siphoned out of the tank until the water level in the tank is even with the bottom of the white tubing.

If the white tubing is protruding far down into the overflow tube, set the white tubing using the clip so the end is close to the top of the overflow tube. If you want the water level in the tank high, almost to the top of the overflow tube, there are clips that have an angle adapter that hold the end of the white (refill) tubing even with the top of the overflow tube. This should resolve your problem.


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Yep I think that was it! Water level is still holding.
Glad you found your problem. Now more time for other "Honey do's" .

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Here you go.
thats why we ask for pictures, that's a common problem with that valve.
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