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