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Possible toilet leak or doesn't stop running...

The plastic tube (bowl refill tube?) that sends water into the vertical standpipe (overflow tube?) keeps running and the floater (mounted in the corner of the tank) almost sounds like it is hissing. The metal tube that leads from the wall pipe to the bottom of the tank has a plastic screw fitting and turning it one way or the other and water leaks from the bottom of the tank. Also, the flush handle doesn't work either. The rod attached to it and the flapper via chain hangs all the way down to the bottom of the tank. Think that covers it. Appreciate your help. By the way, I am not very mechanically inclined but can understand and follow instructions pretty well.

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  • bench1023 Dec 18, 2008

    Richie, Thanks for chipping in with the advice. Went to the local hardware store and purchased a new valve and flapper as well as a new handle assembly. The whole thing took less than an hour and ...viola! Leak fixed! Much easier than I thought. I did such a good job that my wife is looking around the house for other things for me to fix! Gee, thanks!!

  • Beth Mitchell
    Beth Mitchell Apr 19, 2009

    My well pump died and had to be replaced. AS a result the water when turned on initially was very gritty. Now my toto toilet won't stop running when flushed. The manual syas that is caused by dirt in the fill valve seal and the fix is to open the fill valve cap and clean the fill valve seal. Unfortunatley, I don't see any part that comes off and could be the fill valve cap. What am I looking for?

    mitch21131@gmail.com

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Absolutely NO WATER comes back into the tank after flushing. NONE. The float moves up and down the tubes; the seal is fine on the flapper; the skinny tube that moves water from the IN Tube into the fill tube is unobstructed... what if I dump vinegar and baking soda around the in-valve to remove any deposits?

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This sounds like the ballvalve needs replacing & the hissing is the sound of water as the valve is not shutting off properly.
The valve at the bottom of the tank is possibly just a half turn valve so try that & see if it stops the water.
The water leaking could be thatthe water level is too high & leaking around the handle assembly & running down, so it kinda looks as though its leaking below?
The handle assembly may of come adrift so thats whay the handle may look loose ?

Solution sounds quite straight forward, a new ballvalve assembly needs to be fitted & the handle assembly sorting.
The leak will be rectified when you replace the old ballvalve, as you will need to turn off the water to the unit to remove the ballvalve, whilst the water is off a service valve should be fitted so as any future probs or servicing needs doing then it can be isolated without the need for turning the whole house off?

This work should be carried out by a registered plumber & is as i said a straight forward job.Price approx £65.00 subject to a survey by the plumber.

I hope this has helped

kindly

Richie

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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