Entries from July 2013 ↓


I hate doing plumbing work but I hate to have a running toilet even more. It wastes water and makes noise.

I always blamed poor quality fill valves and recently discovered that the fill valves are not causing the problem. They are merely functioning as they should to keep the water level in the tank at a flushing level. The real culprit is the flapper valve.

Flapper valves are made of rubber and chemicals in the water designed to kill germs also kill the rubber in the flapper valves. Over time, the rubber in the flapper valves becomes hard, brittle and no longer is able to keep water from flowing past it.

A recent toilet problem was solved by replacing the flapper.