The flapper in the toilet tank won't stay open long enough to flush and I have to push the handle down again.
The flapper in the toilet tank won't stay open long enough to flush and I have to push the handle down again. Adjusting the chain isn't the problem - it's as high as it will go and there's no slack. I've changed the flapper but that isn't the problem. Do you think it's the fill valve or do I need to adjust the ball. Thanks in advance...it's driving me crazy!Submitted: 2263 days ago
it's pretty cheap to replace all the insides so my suggestion is to do that it cost me $10
tighten the chain that links the handel on the outside to the flapper.
You need the type of flapper with a float on the chain. By adjusting the float you can controll how long the flapper stays up.
If the chain is as tight as it can be, then the ball is probably adjusted wrong. Like some one else said, replace the whole thing. Get a replacement that has a float around the fill valve instead of those old ones with arms and a big float ball at the end. To replace all the guts is cheap, maybe 25 bucks at the DIY stores. Should take about 1/2 to 1 hour to do it.
The flapper with a float is the best suggestion. We use them at the hotel where I work ( 86 toilets ). It's a little piece of foam that attaches about 1/2 inch above the flapper and holds it open longer. Hardware stores should have them.
my mom had this problem and changing all the parts didn't help. we just got used to holding the lever down until the toilet completely flushed. Actually I think they are producing them that way as a way to conserve water. if there is just urine in the toilet it doesn't take as much water to flush. it takes more to flush solids so you have to hold the handle down.
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