Toilet Flapper Replacement
Is your toilet running? Chances are, you just need to replace the flapper. This common piece of hardware wears down over time and can cause all sorts of problems – from annoying leaks to gallons of wasted water each day. Luckily, toilet flapper replacement is an easy job that we’ve performed hundreds of times.
What is a Toilet Flapper?
The flapper is a rubber or plastic seal that’s connected to the flush handle with a chain. When you lift the handle to flush the toilet, the chain pulls on the flapper and lifts it out of the way so water can rush from the tank into the bowl. Then, the flapper falls back into place and seals off the opening until you flush again.
Over time, the flapper can become warped or brittle and might not create a tight seal. If there’s any gap at all, water will slowly leak out each time you flush. You might not notice the problem right away, but if left ignored, it can waste hundreds of gallons of water.
How Do Toilet Flappers Wear Out?
There are a few different ways that flappers can become damaged. First, if you use drop-in bleach tablets in your toilet tank, the chlorine can damage the rubber or plastic and cause it to deteriorate. Second, minerals in the water can build up on the flapper and prevent it from sealing properly. Finally, simply using your toilet on a regular basis can cause the flapper to wear out over time.
The best way to avoid problems with your toilet flapper is to regularly inspect it for signs of damage or wear. If you notice any cracks, warping, or other damage, it’s time to replace the flapper. You should also be sure to clean away any mineral deposits that might build up on the flapper or other parts of the toilet.
How Can I Tell If I Need a Toilet Flapper Replacement?
If your toilet is constantly running or leaking, it’s a pretty good indication that you need a new flapper. Even if you don’t see any visible damage, it’s a good idea to inspect the flapper every few months to be sure it’s in good condition.
What to Expect from Toilet Flapper Replacement
When you call one of our professional plumbers for a toilet flap replacement, we will first inspect your toilet to be sure that the flapper is the root of the problem.
Then, we will turn off the water supply to your toilet and flush the remaining water out of the tank.
Next, we will remove the old flapper and install a new one. We will also take this opportunity to inspect the other parts of your toilet and make sure everything is in good working order.
Finally, we will turn the water back on and test the toilet to be sure it’s flushing properly.
If you’re having problems with a running or leaking toilet, don’t wait to give us a call. Replacing the flapper is a simple and inexpensive fix that can save you hundreds of gallons of water each year. Don’t let a broken flapper cause your water bill to skyrocket – call a trustworthy and reliable plumber today!