Why does the toilet run intermittently?

A toilet that cuts on and off by itself, or runs intermittently, has a problem that plumbers call a phantom flush. The cause is a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. This problem is almost certainly caused by a bad flapper or flapper seat.

Also asked, what is the spud of a toilet?

Closet (Toilet) Spuds. All are brass bodies and each spud comes with a rubber washer, friction ring, and brass locknut. An adjustable closet spud wrench is available below. Please Note: The closet spud side (washer side) is the part that will fit into the hole in the porcelain fixture.

How long do toilet flappers last?

The replaceable parts such as flappers and washers/seals generally will last at least 4 to 5 years on “average.” If you use a chemical bowl cleaner some flappers won’t even last one year.

How much is a flapper for a toilet?

Having a plumber or a handyman replace failing toilet parts like a fill valve or flapper can cost $50-$150 or more, depending on local rates and the worker’s qualifications. Replacing a shutoff valve typically costs $25-$50 and replacing a wax ring (and possibly also the closet flange) might cost $50-$200.

How many gallons does a running toilet use per day?

Since the water flows down the sewer, leaking toilets don’t necessarily leave any signs of a leak, until you get the bill. The average leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons a month ($70.06*) for just one leaking toilet!

How do you get the toilet to stop running?

If water is constantly running into the overflow tube in the toilet tank, the fill valve in the tank needs to be adjusted. To adjust the water level in the tank: Turn the screw on top of the fill valve* to adjust the float in the tank so the toilet stops filling approximately 1” below the top of the overflow tube.

What causes a phantom flush?

The phantom flush–that mysterious phenomenon in which your toilet seems to flush itself–can be little jarring late at night, not to mention a waste of water. The problem is usually caused by water slowly leaking from the cistern into the bowl because of a worn-out flapper valve.

What is a toilet flapper seat?

The toilet’s flush valve assembly is most often the center of any leaking in the toilet’s tank. It has moving parts that seal and drain, so as such is prone to be highly affected by corrosion or deterioration. The flush valve assembly consists of the Overflow Tube, Seat, Flapper Valve, and the Sponge Gasket.

Why is water leaking into my toilet bowl?

The most common cause of a leaking toilet tank is when the flapper fails to seat properly and form a tight seal against the valve seat. This lets water leak from the tank into the bowl. It may be caused by the flapper being out of position. If the water level has fallen below your mark, the flush valve is leaking.

Are fill valves universal?

The Fluidmaster 400A Universal Toilet Fill Valve is the #1 selling toilet fill valve in the world. A height adjustable toilet replacement part designed to fix leaking, noisy and slow filling toilet valves, in an easy to install model.

How do you empty a toilet tank?

Step 3 Draining a Toilet Tank

  • Push down the flush lever.
  • Hold the lever down until water stops draining from the tank.
  • A small amount of water will remain in the bottom of the tank.
  • If the flush lever or pull chain have become disconnected, lift up the toilet flapper to drain the tank.
  • How do you remove a toilet tank?


  • • Turn off the shutoff valve on the water supply line.
  • • Remove the nuts from the mounting bolts that hold the tank onto the bowl with a ratchet wrench or a basin wrench.
  • • Pry off the trim caps on the floor bolts (if necessary) , and then remove the nuts from the floor bolts with an adjustable wrench.
  • How do you clean a stained toilet bowl?

    Borax and Vinegar

  • Pour 1/4 cup of Borax into the toilet bowl and swish it around with a toilet brush.
  • Then add 1 cup of vinegar and allow the mixture to sit in the bowl for about 20 minutes.
  • Finish by scrubbing the bowl with a toilet brush to remove hard water stains.
  • How do you remove linoleum?

    Option 1: Scrape Linoleum Or Vinyl Floor & Glue. To remove old resilient flooring, first cut it into parallel strips about 6 inches wide with a utility knife. Use a hammer to tap a stiff putty knife or brick chisel under the linoleum to break it loose. Pull the linoleum up in strips to reveal the backing or the glue.

    Do I need to remove linoleum before laying tile?

    Underlayment. New tile should not be laid directly on top of the old linoleum, unless the linoleum is well-adhered to a cement subfloor. Tile needs a firm, hard, inflexible substrate. If your linoleum is installed over an old wood floor, a new substrate will need to be installed over the linoleum.

    How do you lay linoleum floor?

    Applying Adhesive and Installing the Floor

  • Lay the floor in position.
  • Fold back half of the floor.
  • Using a notched trowel, apply recommended adhesive to the subfloor.
  • Let the adhesive sit according to instructions.
  • Carefully lay the floor back in place and press firmly.
  • Do I need an underlay for vinyl?

    Underlay. Most vinyl floors don’t need an underlay. If the surface you’re laying on is level and smooth, a well-cushioned vinyl floor should be fine on its own. Our Luxury Vinyl Click flooring is laid using the same as technique as laminate options in that it’s loose laid creating a “floating floor”.

    Can you put lino on floorboards?

    ” For sheet vinyl to remain at it’s best for as long as possible it needs to be laid over a smooth and solid surface. So, in your case, with your wood floor boards, you will need to lay plywood first. If you can imagine, over time the grooves from the wood planks and the gaps between the floorboards will show.

    Can you put underlay under vinyl flooring?

    Click Lock Vinyl Plank Flooring. Most of these vinyl floors can be installed right on the subfloor. If you have any areas on a concrete subfloor that may accumulate water or moisture, it is recommended to use a vapor barrier underlayment. This will prevent any mold or mildew from trapping any moisture under the planks.

    What thickness plywood should I use for flooring?

    the subfloors need to be thicker. For joist spacing of more than 16 inches up to 19.2 inches on center, the minimum thickness for both plywood and OSB is 3/4 inch. For joists spaced more than 19.2 inches on center, the minimum thickness for plywood is 7/8 inch and for OSB, 1 inch.

    Originally posted 2022-03-31 03:02:11.

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