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Toilet which keeps running, but not every time. I have to jiggle the handle to make it stop

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If you take the top off of the tank you will see a lever about 12 inches long that the flush handle moves up and down. To this is attached one end of a small chain. The other end of the chain is attached to the actual flush valve (which might be a flapper or a plastic column. The chain is probably getting a little tangled so that it does not allow the flush valve to return all of the way back down. You can confirm this by waiting until it happens again, then remove the tank top and look before you jiggle the handle. You might be able to remedy this by moving the hook on the end of the chain that is getting tangled. However, I have had better luck by replacing the chain with a flexible, but durable cable. I happened to have some large o-rings, which I cut, then put a knot in each end (after installation). Nylon string might work, but be sure to fuse the ends with a match. If you want to try the o-ring idea, go to any automotive service shop and ask them for a large o-ring, about the size that are used on disc brake pistons. Good luck.

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My toilet won't stop running unless i jiggle the handle

It sounds like the flush valve is not seating, possibly due to its puller chain kinking or hanging up on something. Lift the tank lid and look at the chain attached to the flush handle, making sure that it is free and clear.

Another possibility is that the flush valve itself -- the rubber stopper at the opposite end of the puller chain -- is worn and having difficulty seating without help. It is a simple task to replace this valve, available at most any hardware or home improvement store.

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What to do if your toilet stops working

When a toilet stops working it can be a major inconvenience. If your toilet isn't working right, try the simple fixes below.

If the toilet doesn't flush:

When you jiggle the handle, nothing happens. Remove the lid from the toilet tank and peek inside. Most likely, either the chain came off at the lift rod or flapper end, or the rod broke in half. If the chain came off the rod, you can simply reattach it. (Finding the right amount of slack will take some trial and error.) Likewise, if it came off of the flapper, it can easily be reattached.

If the lift rod (the arm attached to the handle) is broken, you can purchase a new rod and handle assembly for a few bucks at just about any hardware store. A plastic nut holds the handle into the side of the tank and the whole assembly can be popped out and replaced. Once you've installed the new assembly, reattach the chain.

If the toilet keeps running:

Remove the tank lid and watch the toilet as it flushes. You'll probably see that the chain is too tight, causing the flapper to not close all the way, which results in water continuing to drain out and having to be replenished. Loosen the chain a little and see if it fixes the problem.

Another cause of a constantly-running toilet is an improper float height. The float is the balloon-looking thing that sits on the end of a shaft and falls and then rises when the toilet is flushed. When the float reaches a certain height, the fill valve is closed and the water stops flowing. If your toilet is running longer than it should, push down a tiny bit on the float and see if it stops running. If it does, the float just needs to be adjusted downward a little (by turning the screw at the other end of its shaft). You may need to try a few different heights to determine the optimal position of the float; adjust it slightly and flush the toilet, then adjust it again if necessary.

If there's not enough water pressure:

The chain may be too loose if there isn't enough pressure. With the tank lid off, watch the toilet flush. If there is too much slack in the chain, the flapper may close prematurely, reducing water pressure. Tighten the chain and see if that makes a difference.

Loss of water pressure can also be caused by the holes in the toilet bowl getting clogged up. There are little holes all around the side of the bowl, where water is forced into the bowl to refill it after a flush. If any of these holes get clogged, clean them out with a round file, a nail punch, or a similarly-shaped instrument. (Don't push too hard or hammer on the bowl.)

If the toilet overflows:

If your toilet overflows, the first thing to do is to turn off the water to the toilet. There is a valve on one side of the toilet, where the pipe runs from the wall to the toilet. Turn this valve clockwise to close it.

Once the water is off, use a plunger to try to clear the clog. If it works, you'll see the water drain out of the bowl. If the plunger can't clear it, try a simple drain-cleaning tool like a Zip-It or Turbo Snake. If you don't have anything that can remove the clog, or if the clog remains even after trying to clear it, you'll need to call a plumber (or buy yourself a closet auger or plumber's snake).

If you are able to remove the clog, turn the water back on and flush the toilet to make sure the clog is completely gone.

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How to fix a running toilet

Please remove the lid from the tank on the back of the toilet to see wherein lies the problem.
You may find the flapper stuck in the upward position.
The flapper is usually black rubber, and is supposed to cover the drain hole in the middle of the bottom of the tank.
Flappers can turn your hands black if you touch them. Not a joke.
See if simple jiggling the handle will cause the flapper to work properly.
The regulator mechanism can also be worn out. That is the assembly that refills the tank after it is flushed. That can also stick and the water keeps running.
You may determine which of these is your problem.
God bless your efforts.

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Why would the jacuzzi perfecta toilet handle comes off and now won't fill, just keeps running

Handle retaining nut either came loose or broke off. Check the flapper valve, if its not completely closed water will keep running out, and fill valve will stay open trying to fill the tank.

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Have a Duo Flush System from FluidMaster. It continuest to ghost flush. Have adjusted the float valve several times but is still ghost flushes. How can I stop this?

follow this steps and fix it. God bless you

f the toilet bowl overflows, use a plunger or auger to eliminate clogs. If the toilet does not flush, tighten or replace the defective handle , adjust or replace the lift chain , or replace the flush mechanism. Jiggling the handle forces the lift chain or rod to re-seat the flush mechanism, telling you that something is awry.

If the bowl drains sluggishly, remove the clog with a plunger or auger, or raise the water level in the tank .

If water runs continuously through the toilet, lower the water level in the tank , adjust or replace a lift chain or wire , repair or replace a worn flush valve , clean or replace the valve seat assembly .

If water appears under the tank, tighten the tank hold-down bolts , lower the water level in the tank, replace the float valve , replace a malfunctioning ball , or tighten nuts on the water supply line, replace leaking supply line . As a last resort, re-seat the toilet .

If the seat is cracked or unsightly, replace it .

If the bowl or tank is cracked or otherwise unacceptable, replace the entire toilet .


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Installed a fluidmaster dual flush a number of months ago. I was SOOO happy b/c our toilet FINALLY worked properly for the first time!!! Three months ago the toilet began to run continually unless...

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Toilet runs slightly, can minimally depress the handle to release a bit of water, and it will stop. How to fix?

Toilet runs continuously or doesn't flush adequately

Jiggling the handle might work for a while, but if your toilet is always running or doesn't flush adequately, you need to perform these simple fixes that usually can tame a noisy, inefficient toilet.

Check the Chain

The chain attached to the rubber flapper often becomes loose, causing incomplete flushing and/or continuous running. To fix it, remove links from the chain using needle-nosed pliers until it's tight.

Check Water Level

Improper water levels can also cause problems with your toilet. This can be fixed by adjusting the ball ****, which is located next to the overflow pipe, the open tube to the right of the handle. Adjust the ball **** so the water comes to ½ " below the overflow pipe.

Clean the Surface of the Flush Valve

A continuously running toilet can also be the result of a faulty flush valve. Because the valve is made of rubber, it can decompose or warp allowing water to escape from the tank into the bowl. Clean the sealing surface to see if this will improve the seal. If too decomposed or warped the valve may need to be replaced.

Replace the Flapper

Remove old flapper and replace with a suitable replacement. Attach the flapper to the overflow pipe inside the bowl. Then attach the lever chain from the flapper to the handle lever making sure the chain is taut.

This video will help familairaize you with the flushing mechanism and the repair:

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If you have lifted the float up and the water is still running then the washer has gone. As an explumber it would be easy for me to resolve, however you should get a plumber out to this one it sould not cost more then the call out charge and should take them 10-15 mins to fix the part costs 20p

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