Water in tank continuously slowly flows out. No flapper but a central tower.
Water Ridge dual flush toilet issue!! I've tracked the problem to this: the water in the tank flows out slowly , continuously?? When I shut the water intake, the tank will empty!! Wastes a lot of water and, if water intake is not shut off, it continuously refills producing an aggravating and never ending (pshhtt) sound of the water trying to refill. ?? Solution, other than changing the toilet???
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Of course ALL the DIY centers (Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Do-It-Best, etc.) sell toilet repair kits. Sounds like you need a flapper replaced in your toilet. Search online for toilet flapper replacement to get guide on DIY.
Thus if the tank is continuing to drain down through the bowl into the sewer line, the rubber flapper is not seating properly with the flush. These become worn and torn and are easily replaced. Or, even with a new one installed, sometimes they are not adjusted properly to create the appropriate balance between play and pull. Play being the upward connection to the flush handle and pull being the downward draw with the gravity flow of the water. Too much play it won't actually flush or lift properly. Too much pull it does not seat tightly or won't lift up long enough to allow enough water to flow through to flush the toilet...as engineered by the geniuses who designed the toilet. A simple adjustment of the chain links attaching the flapper to the flush handle and perhaps a side to side turn of the cuff so the flapper is aligned to seat properly as it drops should be sufficient. And test, test, test, test, and test again until you're absolutely sure you've got it adjusted correctly. One or two flushes is not sufficient!
The flapper on these toilets is a water saver. The water saver flappers can be replaced with a standard flapper and I have found this will help considerably. The flapper is located in the tank at the center bottom. It is the part that flaps up and down when you pull the lever.
Remove the lid from the tank. Verify that the tank is full. Shut off the water to the tank, at the wall. Wait 5 minutes. If the level has fallen in the tank, the flapper valve in the bottom of the tank is the culprit. If the tank remained full, the issue is with either the fill valve assembly or the overflow tube.
Which style of flush valve do you have? If it is the dual-flush option (solids/liquids) I do not know how to adjust those. If you have a traditional style, then the flapper or ball is closing too soon. You need to adjust the guide arm (flush ball) higher or shorten the chain between the flapper and the handle. Adjust this carefully or you will have it fail to seat and the toilet will constantly run.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (who needed to replace the fill valve and the flapper at her home earlier this week)
Lift the tank lid off, place it somewhere safe for a moment, and look at what happens: If you're talking about jiggling the handle to get the tank to start to fill with water, then it sounds like the chain or rope is out of adjustment. It can't be TOO TIGHT or the water will leak past your flapper (will cause your dripping noise, tank water level will leak down, causing constant refills), and it cant be TOO LOOSE or the toilet won't flush correctly. Since you didn't mention trouble flushing the toilet, I think that it may be a little too TIGHT. When you jiggle the flush lever-it is supposed to pull a chain or cable to open the flapper at the bottom of the tank. Flush the tank and watch what happens-all the way through to refilling the tank with water and shutting off the water refill valve-Does the flapper get stuck on the chain or something? It is supposed to fall back down to allow the tank to refill after flushing out your toilet. Does the chain look very loose? The dripping sound you described indicates that the flapper is not sealing 100%. The flapper is very easy to replace, you just have to get the adjustment set for when you flush the toilet how sensitive you need it. You amy have to play with it a little bit before you get the adjustment correct.
check to make sure the water level in your tank is sufficient, if not you'll need to ajust your float. otherwise your flapper is shutting too soon, you'll need to shut the water valve off and flush untill the water in the tank is gone, letting air back under the flapper slowing it's desent when submerged. then turn the water back on. if the problem continues repace the flapper.
The flapper is leaking and needs to be replaced. Different toilets have different style flappers, but they all forma seal from the tank to the bowl at the flush valve. When the flapper is lifted, the water rushes into the toilet bowl.
When they develop leaks, the tank slowly drains, (often unoticable) and eventually the fill valve senses the tank is not completely full and "tops off" the tank.
Buy the best quality flapper available, as the cheap low quality ones often leak right out of the package.
You have two issues inside of the toilet tank. The holding down the button is caused by your chain not being tight enough from the handle to the flapper. Take the slack out of that and replace the flapper. The second is that you need to replace the fill valve. This is what is making the noise when the tank is being refilled, and will have to be adjusted after it is installed.
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