How to Replace Your Toilet Flapper | Tips from Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Today Mr. Rooter® Plumbing brings you another useful do-it-yourself plumbing tip for your home. This tip should help you save water and silence a familiar noise that is found in many homes. We're talking about that persistent and annoying running-water noise coming from your toilet. That constant running, draining and gurgling sound is often caused by the toilet flapper—and there's a very easy fix. To test your flapper and verify it as the source of your problem, just grab a yardstick or another sturdy tool to extend your reach.
Test your toilet flapper
• Open the tank by removing the top and set it aside.
• Locate the flapper in the tank. It's the round rubber plug on bottom of the tank.
• Use the yardstick to reach into the tank and press down on the flapper.
• If the toilet stops running, you have found the source of the problem.
Replace your toilet flapper
• Purchase a new flapper at the local hardware or home center. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we suggest an adjustable flapper to help you save water and money every time you flush.
Remove your old flapper
• Turn off the water supply to your toilet. Find the shut off valve in wall near the floor behind the toilet. Turn it all the way to the right.
• Flush the toilet to drain the tank.
• Remove the existing flapper by reaching in and disconnecting its side hooks. Slowly pull the round rubber flapper/stopper upwards toward you.
• As you bring the old flapper up, release the chain that attaches it to the horizontal trip lever near the top of tank.
Install a new toilet flapper
• Place the new flapper in the tank and attach to the side hooks in the floor of the tank.
• Attach the new flapper's chain to the trip lever. Be sure to leave enough slack so that the flapper can fully close, covering the flush valve seat.
• Turn the toilet's water supply back on.
• Flush the toilet to test.
• After the flush is completed, you should hear the welcome sound of silence.
• Replace the top of your tank.
• By investing just a few minutes, you've solved an annoying household plumbing problem. With the new flapper, the toilet will flush more efficiently, conserving water and saving you money on your future water bills.
If you have questions about how to replace your toilet flapper or another plumbing problem, call Mr. Rooter at 877-422-4826. We also offer installation, repairs and maintenance of residential plumbing systems. We're available 24-7 to handle your plumbing emergencies. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing when you need plumbing help--anytime!
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