Toilet keeps running and running and running

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Old 02-09-06, 07:50 PM
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Toilet keeps running and running and running

Toilet continues running, even after it is full. I changed the flapper and cleaned the "hole" the flapper falls onto with a brillo pad, yet it continues to run. I placed some blue food coloring in the tank and after a few minutes the water in the bowl was also blue.
What do I do now?
I believe what I have now is called a Metered Fill Valve. It's small and sits on the bottom of the tank, water shoots out from underneth and it has a tube that goes into the overflow tube. It also has a knob on top that you can turn by hand to adjust the water level. I used to be able to adjust it using this knob, now the knob is useless.

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Donna
 
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Old 02-09-06, 08:24 PM
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Let the toilet tank fill and then turn the water supply valve under the tank off. Make sure the water level in the tank is not above the overflow tube. Put coloring in the tank then and see if it goes to the bowl. Reason I say this is that it may just be the fill valve malfunctioning. The little tube you spoke of, may be why the water is still going into the bowl after the tank is filled. If the color doesn't go to the bowl while doing this, change the fill-valve. I would suggest a Fluidmaster 400A fill-valve. About $6 and has great installation instructions.
 
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Old 02-10-06, 06:38 AM
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Ok, I filled the tank about 2" below the overfill tube, turned the water off, put in the food coloring and within a few minutes the water in the bowl had the coloring in it.
Now what?
Do flappers come in different sizes? The gentleman in the home improvement store said they didn't, just some are of better quality than others.

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Old 02-10-06, 07:41 AM
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Some manufacturers have their flappers made specifically for their units. If you have the original one, take it with you. If you can find a name and/or model number on the toilet, write it down and check the flapper package.
 
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Old 02-14-06, 04:39 PM
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OK, here is where I am at now.
I decided to buy a Flush Valve Repair Kit. I glued on the EasyFit seat, it suggested I wait 15 min for the glue to dry, but I gave it one hour to dry. Well I filled the tank, flushed, and the water kept running, overflowing into the overflow pipe.
I took about two inches of water out, added blue food coloring to the tank and within a minute the water in the bowl was blue too.
Could it be leaking in the bowl from somewhere else? I currently have a Pro-Grade Hushflo Fill Valve from PlumbShop.
Do you think the Fill Valve or Overflow pipe needs to be replaced? Nothing stops the water from running, not even adjusting the water saving knob. It continues running until I turn it off from under the toilet.

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Old 02-17-06, 02:51 PM
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Hello Donna,
Replace the fill valve. I would suggest a Fluid Master. There is a clip that hooks to the overflow pipe, use it. Do not put the little hose down the overflow pipe if you do that will cause the problem you have. Siphon action will pull water out of the tank and down the overflow. if that doesn't cure the problem then shut off the water to the toilet and let the water leak out, the water level will show you where the problem may be , half way down probably a hole or crack in the over flow tube, all the way out maybe a bad gasket at the bottom.
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