Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

Fixing That Noisy Toilet

by Mae Wallace

One of the most common homeowner projects is repairing a toilet that continues to run after it has been flushed. Not only is such a toilet noisy, it wastes water. For a few dollars in parts and with some simple tools, you'll quiet that toilet and save a few bucks on your monthly water bill.

The Problem You're Fixing

Plastic parts in the toilet control the amount of water coming into and going out of the toilet. Over time, these parts wear out and no longer create a seal against the water leaving the toilet. This lets small amounts of water to leak out of the tank. When the water level gets low enough, the filling mechanism kicks in to refill the tank. The noise you hear is this refilling mechanism working to replace the water that has leaked out.

The Parts and Tools You'll Need

Your local home improvement or plumbing supply store will carry something called a "toilet flush repair kit." It will have all of the parts you need to do this job. There may be two or three brands, but they will all fit your toilet.

These parts only need to be hand-tightened when attached to your toilet, but the old one may be stuck and need some force to be removed. The few tools you'll need for this job are:

  • a pair of pliers or small pipe wrench
  • some old rags

Doing the Work

With your toilet kit and tools ready, you'll be done with this job in less than an hour.

  1. Turn off the water to the toilet with the shutoff valve. It is on the water hose that runs between the wall and the bottom of the toilet. If you don't have a shutoff valve installed, it's time to stop and contact a plumbing services company to put one in for you. Not only is it handy for this job, but if your toilet overflows, it is the quickest way to stop the water from flooding your bathroom.
  2. With the water off, flush the toilet to let all of the water drain out. Take the lid off of the tank and mop up any water remaining on the bottom of the tank.
  3. Unscrew the water hose from the bottom of the tank.
  4. Inside of the tank, remove the small rubber hose running from the flushing mechanism to the water inlet tube. Detach the chain or cord running from the tank handle to the rubber flapper valve on the bottom of the tank.
  5. Unscrew the large plastic nut underneath the tank that holds the flushing mechanism in place and pull the large tube up and out of the tank. Gently use the pliers or wrench if the nut is tighter than what you can loosen with your fingers.
  6. Remove the rubber flapper covering the drain at the bottom inside of the tank.
  7. Wipe out the tank completely, removing any depots around the openings where you just removed the parts.
  8. Take the flushing mechanism out of the parts kit and place it in the tank, through the large hole in the bottom. Look at the instructions to see how to place the washers onto this part before securing it to the tank. Using the new plastic screw that comes in the kit, tighten it on the mechanism just hand-tight. Before completely tightening it, turn the flushing mechanism so the small water return tube points to the large water inlet tube in the tank.
  9. Attach the short rubber hose from the water return on the flushing mechanism to the water inlet tube. Place the new rubber flapper valve to the bottom of the tank and attach the chain or cord to the tank handle.
  10. Attach the water supply from the wall to the bottom of the flushing mechanism sticking through the bottom of the tank. Hand tighten this connection.
  11. Slowly turn on the water supply at the shutoff valve and allow the tank to fill. You may need to adjust the flushing mechanism to allow more or less water into the tank to clear the bowl completely.
  12. Try the handle to make sure the toilet flushes easily. You may need to adjust the length of the chain or cord between the handle and flapper valve on the bottom of the tank so it's easier to flush.

Now that you're done, your toilet will be quieter and won't waste your money leaking water. For more information, contact a plumber like Biard & Crockett Plumbing.


About Me

Give Your Shower a Luxury Upgrade

I don’t know about you, but I work hard, and at the end of the day, I really want to come home to a relaxing hot shower. That’s hard to do, though, when your shower enclosure is too small, or when your water pressure is terrible. I decided that what I needed to do was give my shower space an upgrade. I had a larger shower enclosure installed, along with some massage jets and a shower seat. I started this blog about shower options to help you learn how to upgrade and improve your own shower experience. It’s more affordable than you think, and you can even do some of the work yourself. Check out the tips and advice on this blog to get the shower that you deserve.