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Toilet leaks occur in two ways and are often very difficult to detect. The most common toilet leak and often hardest to detect is caused by a deteriorated or defected flush valve (flapper) ball at the bottom of the toilet tank. If the flapper or ball valve does not seat properly and form water tight, seal water will leak around it into the toilet bowl. Often, this leak will occur without being heard. To test for this type of leak, add a few drops of food color or place a colored dye tablet (available from many hardware stores or possibly your water utility) in the toilet after it has stopped filling. Do not flush the toilet. Wait about twenty minutes: if the food coloring or dye appears in the toilet bowl, the flapper vavle(#2) or drain or valve seat (#3) is leaking and needs to be replaced.
The second most-common type of leak is caused by an improperly adjusted or broken fill (ball cock) valve (#10) . If the float is set too high or if the shut-off valve fails to close completely, water will continue to enter the tank and flow into the overflow tube. This type of leak can be seen simply by taking the tank top off and observing if water is flowing into the overflow tube once the tank is full.
When the tank lever handle has been pressed, it lifts the flapper/tank ball by a chain/wire. This opens the flush valve, releasing water through the jet hole and rim into the bowl, where gravity siphons the existing bowl water down the trap.
Once the flapper/tank ball drops back onto the flush valve seat and the tank begins to fill with fresh water supplied by the filln valve. As the water rises in the tank, the float cup/float ball rises with the incoming water until the preset refill level is reached.
Basic Areas of Toilet Repair
What does "anti-siphon" mean?
Anti-siphon describes the design of a plumbing product (in our case the 400A Toilet Fill Valve) that prevents "backflow" or "back-siphonage". Either is a circumstance in which water (possibly used or impure) unintentionally flows back into the drinkable water supply via negative pressure. Negative pressure in a municipal water supply is not common, but can occur (as could happen when a nearby fire hydrant is opened).
Why is backflow hazardous?
Plumbing codes and standards both require anti-siphon design.
Standards are product design and performance requirements set by ASSE (American Society of Sanitary Engineering). ASSE standard 1002-86 requires anti-siphon back flow preventors on all toilet fill valves..
Codes are based upon such standards and adopted/enforced on a local (city, county or state) level.
Is your fill valve OK? Three ways to identify a code-approved fill valve.
Other backflow danger zones.
To ensure peace-of-mind, employ anti-siphon practices throughout the house and yard. If in doubt about a fixture's backflow prevention, buy and install inexpensive backflow prevention devices for all threaded faucets.
Low-Flow Toilets-what are they?
Today's low-flow toilets were mandated by federal law in 1992 as a way to conserve water-a precious and limited natural resource. Current standards call for a maximum water usage of 1.6 GPF (gallon per flush). In the past, toilets were designed to flush with 7 GPF, then 5 GPF and more recently, 3.5 GPF.
Low-flow toilets fall into three basic technologies: gravity, pressure and vacuum-assist. Gravity-type models rely on siphonic action to draw water from the bowl down the trap. Pressure-type models use various means of adding pressure to the equation, "pushing" water through the flush process.
A proven advancement in low-flow technology is the Vacuity® from Briggs Industries and the VIP from Crane-both leading toilet manufacturers. Each features the vacuum-assisted VAC® high performance, low gallonage flushing system. Originally patented and designed by Fluidmaster under the name The "VAC", the system is now manufactured by Briggs and Crane under licensed agreement with Fluidmaster.
Only 1% of the world's entire water supply is available for human use -- the rest is salty or locked in icecaps and glaciers. This small 1% must satisfy the planet`s agricultural, manufacturing, community, household and sanitation needs. We actually drink very little (less than 2%) of our processed "drinking water"-- the rest goes on lawns, in washing machines, and down toilets and drains!
The water we use at home doesn't just magically appear. Treated water is a carefully manufactured product, which arrives at your home only after traveling many miles of pipeline and lengthy treatment processes. It's a valuable resource that shouldn't be wasted. Are you doing all you can to conserve? These tips can help…
Replace regular toilets with low-flow (1.6 gpf) models. (Saves up to 350 gallons weekly)
Lined vs Unlined Toilet Tank
What is the difference between a lined and unlined tank for a toilet. What is the best way to go?
Fixing A Double Flushing Toilet
Remove lime deposits from rinse holes around the bottom of the toilet rim with lime remover
Q I’ve replaced nearly every part inside my toilet tank, but it still takes two flushes to take care of business. Should I just go ahead and buy a new toilet or is there something else I can do?
A If your toilet worked well in the past and you live in an area with hard water, chances are the rinse holes around the bottom of the rim have become clogged with lime deposits. Clear rinse and siphon holes are crucial for complete flushing action. Even though the water from the tank will eventually find its way into the bowl, high water volume on the first surge is important for good flushing. There has to be a “critical mass” of water for solids to be flushed.
As a first step, ream out the rinse holes with a bent coat hanger . To do a thorough job, dry the bottom of the rim, then roll up paper towel “ropes” and seal them against the bottom of the rinse holes with plumber’s putty pushed against the bottom of the rim . Then seal the siphon jet hole with another glob of putty and pour a bottle of lime remover into the overflow pipe . Let it sit for at least eight hours to allow the lime remover to dissolve deposits. Remove everything and flush the toilet several times.
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