How to Repair Toilet Flushing System

What You'll Need
Flush valve
Wet/Dry Vacuum

The flushing system of the toilet is one of the most overworked sections of the house aside from the sink in the kitchen. The toilet encounters a lot of traffic on a daily basis. You do not want your toilet to be disabled while you wait for technical people to help you out. You can repair your own flushing system if you have an idea on how to do it. Usually the problem with the flushing system is the flush valve. The method of replacement is simple. All you have to do is follow the guidelines below. But first you need to identify the things that you need to buy for possible replacements, and also the tools that you need. If the problem is difficult to deal with, or if you find that it is beyond your capabilities to make minor repairs, you should consider seeking professional help.

Step 1 – Shutting the Water Supply Down

Just below the toilet tank is a knob for the water supply. Turn it off, then flush the toilet and empty the tank. Hold the lever down to completely empty the tank of water. Suck any remaining water out using a wet/dry vacuum.

Step 2 – Disconnect the Valve Chain

There is a chain which is fastened on the trip arm. Disconnect it.

Step 3 – Detach the Current Flush Valve

Detach the flush valve from the seat by pulling it off the clips or pulling off the overflow tube. This will depend on the kind of flush valve that you have.

Step 4 – Make Sure That You Have an Appropriate Flush Valve

It is necessary that you identify the flush valve so that the replacement will fit in your toilet. Ensure the compatibility of the clips and flapper style on your replacement valve to the previous one.

Step 5 – Install the New Flapper and Flash Valve

Snap on the flush valve tabs above the clips of the overflow tube. Ensure the flapper level is set on a valve seat and is sealed properly.

Step 6 – Link the Valve Chain Replacement

Have the replacement valve chain connected to the trip arm and secure it in the hole. Make adjustments on the chain so the flapper will stay flat when the arm is released and have an uncompromising seal. Cut the extra links off from the chain to prevent any tangling later.

Step 7 – Reactivate the Water Supply and Make a Series of Test

Reactivate your water supply underneath the toilet refill tank. After the flapper is covered with water, it should stop filling the bowl. Flush the toilet and test the integrity of the new valve to check if it works fine. When the flapper is closed, water activity in the bowl will stop as refilling of the tank is in progress. Your flushing system is now good to go.