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Old 08-01-2011, 07:25 AM   #1
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Toilet Not flushing properly


I have a problem with my toilet, the flush valve stopper isn't staying upright when I flush the toilet so I have to hold the handle down for like 10 seconds. Its really frustrating because when company comes over i have to make sure they know to hold it down etc etc etc... its just a pain anyway, who wants to wake up and have to hold down the handle for half a minute =P

Any ideas? Perhaps the chain is too loose and isnt getting the stopper up far enough? Not too familiar with plumbing so if anyone could help me I'd appreciate it!

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Old 08-01-2011, 07:43 AM   #2
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If you’re talking about the flapper then take a look at this video on how to replace it: http://www.youtube.com/user/VideoJoeKnows#p/u/39/SyeZqnd04Ts

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tightened the chain on the flapper and still the same problem, empties the tank just a bit and the flapper slowly falls back into place stopping the flow of water... perhaps it needs more well designed flapper?
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Ok just a shot here look down at the bottom of the bowl. If there is a small hole, then that is a jet that starts the siphon action. If it's clogged the water will just swirl around and slowly go down leaving solids behind. Put on a rubber glove and run your finger around the inside of the opening. Over the years minerals build up and cut down on the siphon (flush) action. If it is rough or you feel build up, take a table knife and put a bend in it to get around the curve in the bowl and chip and scrap it clear. Next take a coat hanger and clear out the holes around the rim by using a mirror to see the holes. These holes start the swirling action. And last, check the water level in the tank. It should be 1/2" below the top of the over flow tube. And speaking of the overflow tube, Make sure the small 1/8" tube from the ballcock to the white overflow tube is connected so it discharges in it and that it's flowing when the ballcock fills. This is what raises the water level in the bowl. For a good solid flush they all have to work together. Hope this helps.
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tightened the chain on the flapper and still the same problem, empties the tank just a bit and the flapper slowly falls back into place stopping the flow of water... perhaps it needs more well designed flapper?
did the flapper slide up on the stan pipe?? that would make it close faster make sure it is slid all the way down as far as it can go.
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can you post a picture of the inside of the tank? some "fit all " flappers do not work correctly on some flush valves.
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do you have the type flapper that has the little cup on the backside of it that has to drain out before it will drop? If so, it may have developed a crack and is draining out too fast causing the early closing. They are great flappers (with replaceable discs), but i have seen this happen.

Plus i agree with what epson said. Very good points, all of them.


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