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Slow drain of water from toilet tank!

My toilet fills properly but the water slowly drains away to a certain level when the refill system then tops it up to the correct level. This happens about once a minute. Turned the water off at the tap and it still drains away (approx. 35%) and stops there. Since it does not drain away completely it can't be the flapper, right. I have a float cup type system. Any suggestions?

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It is usually the flapper. They can leak very slowly. I had one that took hours to leak enough to trigger the refill. Plus, it's a cheap and easy part to replace, so it's worth a shot. The water has to go somewhere, so check your tank bolts for leaks, too. If you can't find anything, there are little tablets at hardware/home improvement stores that will color the tank water, so you can see where it's going. But, flapper is the best bet.

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Turn off the water when it is full and put a drop or two of food coloring in the tank. Sit back and watch and you'll find where the water is going and hopefully that will help you solve the problem. Could be any number of things

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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