I'm looking for a solution to fix a toilet that flushes by itself at regular intervals. It seems as if the water level was slowly going down - although I don't se any leak inside or outside the bowl - triggering the system to "refill" a bit once the level is under the threshold.
I'm pretty sure this is a recurring problem and I had it fixed by a plumber some couple years ago - but it's coming back, so I'd like to see if I can understand and fix the problem myself... with your help :-)
I can't find the brand or model on the ceramic, but I'm attaching a picture of the inside of the tank if that helps.
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Re: toilet tank often refills by itself
I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.
You're looking for a solution to fix a toilet that flushes by itself at regular intervals.
No sweat. Sending me a picture was a great idea. I can see that you have a very common setup in your tank. Although there is no "permanent" solution, it is very inexpensive to fix every few years! Just buy a "flapper" anywhere. There are different colors to choose from, which reflects the different materials they are made from. Personally, I find the red ones tend to have the longest life span.
Proceed by carefully cutting off the center ring. Don't cut off the eyelets! The center ring would be used in a different toilet (this is where the picture really helps). Now the flapper will match the configuration of the old one.
Simply turn off the water, flush, remove the old and install the new. Take note of the chain length. Set the new one the same by simply moveing the clip down to another link, let the extra chain hang. While you're at it, replaceing the handle at this time might be a good idea. It looks pretty old. If you do, remember that the hold down nut on the handle has reversed threads. That means it loosens clockwise (standard would be counterclockwise to loosen).
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Sounds like the syphon unit has scaled up. You can try flushing with a descaler fluid a couple of times to see if that will loosen the scale but otherwise replace the plastic syphon within the system. Cheap part, relatively easy fix if you know bit about plumbing. Confidence is the key.
I did a quick search on that model number and it showed up in a lot of different places; Amazon, eBay, Home Depot, Lowes and so on. Seems like it's fairly simple to find at any place that carries sinks. If you're looking for used, no telling where you might find one, start on your local Craig's List, or outlet stores in your area.
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One last tip: During the spring and fall when your grass is the greenest make sure to cut a big handful of grass for your snail to eat. Both land and the common garden snail love grass and most leaves.
What do water snails eat?
The common water snail is predominately an herbivore. Water snail mainly feed on the algae that will naturally grow on the inside of your fish tank or fish bowl. If you are putting a new snail in a fish tank then watch out! If you have any vegetation in the tank that you are fond of then do not put your snail in the tank. Larger snails can wipe out all plant life in just a few days.
Snails also eat algae along with the microscopic creatures that naturally live in a healthy ecosystem. In most cases you will have to supplement their diet with fish food. Along with fish food cubed up apples and carrots are a favorite. It will take a day or two for the apple or carrot to sink to the bottom. Once on the bottom and partially decayed your pet snails will thank you for the treat.
Tip: If you have more than one snail they are going to reproduce. To help minimize the number of snails in your aquarium you can simply cut back on the about of food you feed your little guys.