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 Friday, July 20th, 2018


Leaky toilets waste more water than you think. Silent trickle or constant flow, every leak is a costly one.

Leaks caused by old toilet parts waste water, bloat your water bills and can trigger serious water damage. Using dropin cleaners or tablets with bleach accelerates this aging process.

It's cheaper to fix leaks than pay for them. The sooner you detect and replace faulty tank parts, the faster you'll save water and money.

Fluidmaster parts and kits make the job easy. Find them at your local home improvement store or through your plumbing professional. To learn more click here to get your FREE Leak Inspection Checklist, or visit www.fluidmaster.com.


  1. Warped or irregular tank lever.
    Old tank levers can bend, crack or stick over time, impeding the rise and fall of the flapper over the flush valve. When the flapper can.t complete the full range of motion, each flush will be too short (resulting in an incomplete flush) or too long (resulting in a flush that uses too much water). In some cases, the lever can freeze the flapper in the open position, creating a constant drain and refill of water to the tank.
    Recommended repair part: Sure-Fit® Tank Lever (Models 680 through 686).
  2. Cracked fill valve.
    A fracture in the shaft of the fill valve will cause water from the supply connector to flow unchecked into the tank, then down the drain through the overflow pipe. If the crack worsens, the fill valve may break away, creating a massive discharge of water into and out of the tank. This situation can result in catastrophic flooding and water damage to property.
    Recommended repair part: Fill Valve (400A or 400LS, or kits containing Fill Valves like 400AK, 400CS, 400C).
  3. Warped, shrunken or misaligned flapper.
    When the flapper cannot create a tight closure against the flush valve, water leaks down the drain, causing the tank to constantly refill to its preset level. A frequent need to jiggle the flush lever (which may temporarily realign the flapper) is a symptom of a faulty flapper that isn.t closing securely. This is probably the most common toilet tank problem.
    Recommended repair part: Bull.s Eye® Flapper (Model 500), Bull.s Eye® Super Flapper (Model 501) , Bull.s Eye® Adjust-A-Flush Flapper (Model 502) or Flusher Fixer® Kit (Model 555C).
  4. Faulty seal beneath the flush valve.
    The rubber seal between the flush valve and tank interior can harden and crack over time, allowing water to seep out the tank through the tank drain opening. A leak here may trickle down the bowl to the floor.
    Recommended repair kits: Flush Valve, Bolts & Gasket Kit (Model 507AK), Complete Repair Kit (Model 400AK).
  5. Pervasive corrosion from in-tank cleaners containing bleach.
    In-tank cleaners (tablets or jars) that release bleach to the tank water expose tank parts to elevated chlorine levels that can damage part components. Excessive chlorine levels can warp, weaken or corrode materials used in tank parts. Resulting failure can range from inefficient flushes to wasteful leaks to major flooding and property loss.
    Recommended remedy: Flush .n. Sparkle. Toilet Bowl Cleaning System with Bleach (Model 8300), fights stains WITHOUT harming tank parts by injecting bleach only to the bowl.
  6. Faulty supply connector seal.
    Old water supply connectors can kink, corrode or crease, allowing weak areas that may leak or even rupture. Washers in old connectors can harden or shrink, failing to supply a secure seal.
    Recommended repair part: No-Burst® Braided Stainless Steel Water Supply Connector.
  7. Defective wax ring (bowl-to-floor gasket) and bolts.
    A failing wax ring can permit water to leak from the drain pipe and seep from the toilet base where it can rot the floor flange and create water damage to flooring materials. Loose bolts allow rocking, can break seal.
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