My Toilet Flapper Is Sticking And
Will Not Close
The most common reason a toilet flapper
might be sticking and will not close is that it is just flat worn-out. Over time, the rubber will deteriorate no
matter what material it is made of, nothing last forever.
A flapper made of older or cheaper
black rubber material is very susceptible to the chlorine found in most municipal water supplies. They deteriorate
even faster if you use a toilet cleaning drop-in, or puck some people call them. They are also harmful to all other
flappers, seals, discs and plungers as well. These cleaning products my even void the manufactures
warranty on some new toilets.
Another reason that
your toilet flapper may not close properly is improper installation. Many toilet flappers are
designed to attach on the ears of a fill tube, one on each side. Generic toilet flappers are sold with an
extra circular attachment for installation on a brass fill tube with-out ears. This circle must be removed per
the manufacturers instructions before connecting the flapper to the ears of a plastic fill
The chain may be to short or to
long. If it to short it will not allow the flapper to close and seal correctly. If the chain is to long
it can become stuck under the flapper inside the flush valve and again not allow the flapper to
Having the wrong toilet flapper to begin
with will also cause headaches. They may look like they fit and work properly at first, but soon start leaky
or malfunctioning in different ways.
Always try to purchase the original
manufacturers parts for your toilet if possible. If they are not available, there should be plenty of after market
models available, the manufacture should be able to supply you with the recommended