There Is Water Dripping From My Toilet Tank,
What Can I Do ?
There are several reasons that you may have water
dripping from your toilet tank. Lets start by checking your toilet flapper.
You May Have A Bad Toilet Flapper Or Flush Valve Seal.
A bad or worn-out flapper can cause the water fill valve
to run continuously. This allows cold water to continually fill the toilet tank, keeping the porcelain at a lower
than room temperature. This temperature differential causes the warmer, moist air, to condense or condensate
on the outside of the toilet tank, just like on the outside of a cold soda-can. When enough of this condensed
water accumulates it begins to drip or fall off the tank.
One way to check for a bad toilet flapper or
seal is to add a small amount of food coloring to the water in the tank. Flush the toilet and wait for it
to quit filling. Once it is full, add enough food coloring to change the color, but not to much. Any color is ok,
pick your favorite, as long as it will darken the water significantly. Wait about 15 minutes and check to water in
the bowl to see if it has changed color. If you see the color you put in the tank, it is time to change your toilet
flapper or flush vavle seal.
Another way to check for a bad toilet flapper or seal is
to flush the toilet, wait for it to finish filling completely, and turn the water off to it. Most toilets have a
small shut-off valve located directly under the tank. These valves are sometimes a little hard to turn, in some
cases when they are not used for a long period of time they will not work at all. "Friendly Note Of Caution, If you
are not comfortable attempting this test, don't. You can break the valve and cause horrible damage to you and or
your home. Although it is rare, it can happen". now that the water is off remove the lid carefully and set it aside
on a bath towel. Mark the water level in the tank with a pencil, small marker, or even a dark color crayon. Now go
have a drink and a snack. Wait 15 to 30 minutes and check the water level compared to the mark you made earlyer. If
there is a noticeable (any)lowering of the water level, you need a new flapper or seal.
In rare cases the flush valve itself can be broken or worn-out. If
there are no other issues that could be causing the water level in the tank to drop, you may need to replace the
entire flush valve unit. That is a whole nother subject, but keep it in mind.
The Water Fill Valve My Be
Bad And Will Not Shut Off.
If you need help finding your toilet flapper, check our home page for more information.