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Our commode isn't leaking, yet it refills many times a day

If your commode is refilling over and over, you may have a Ghost Flushing problem. Even though there's no water on the bathroom floor, you likely still have a slow leak somewhere in the tank. To locate and identify the source of the leak fill the tank and shut off the water to the commode. Remove the tank lid and draw a pencil line along the top edge of the water line. Leave the water turned off and go back several times and redraw the pencil line at the water line. When the water stops draining see where the water level is. If the water has stopped just below the overflow tube, you likely have a siphoning problem. If the water drains to the bottom of the tank you likely have a flapper problem.
To correct the siphoning problem reset the the depth of the fill tube in the overflow tube. Fill the tank up, shut the water off, and recheck after some time. Repeat these steps until the water stops draining.
To correct the flapper problem gently lift the flapper and clean the bottom of the flapper and the flapper seat. Refill the tank, shut the water off, and recheck later. If water still leaks replace the flapper.

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Waste not always leaving the commode bowl.


I'm guessing here.

It sounds to me like you may have a vent proglem. I presume a professional plumber did your conversion? You may want to call him or her back to adjust the tank water level. This will assure you have at least the minimum amount of water required to create the suction necessary to draw the waste down the drain. A partially obstructed vent and/or low water level would contribute to the trouble you describe, though it could be something else.

Let me know if this works for you.

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Sep 21, 2009 | Health & Beauty

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Holding down the toilet handle till flushing complete.


No you just need a new flapper for your flush valve. Its just a 2 minute job.

Apr 01, 2009 | Kohler Home

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Water comes from bottom of tank when commode is flushed. I have a two piece toilet, upon flushing it water pours from in between the two joined parts-tank and commode.


You need a new tank gasket. It is a rubber piece that seals between the tank and the bowl. They are fairly inexpensive and if you have patience and a little plumbing know-how; they can be changed at home. Here is a good on-line set of instructions:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_the_gasket_between_the_toilet_tank_and_the_toilet_bowl

Mar 27, 2009 | American Standard Colony 2388.012.222...

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After flushing, water does not refill the tank.


yeah sounds as though the ball valve or water inlet valve is stuck in the closed position or jammed so when you flush the loo the water doesnt refill.
Isolate water service remove valve as required clean/replace re instate test & leave working

Dec 15, 2008 | Toto Carlyle 1-piece Elongated Bowl Toilet

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