Chicago Handyman Tips-Tend to Your Throne w/o Getting Royally…Flushed

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Let’s face it; your toilet is a sacred place. No one likes to deal with headaches related to this sanctuary. Here are a few quick tips to help keep you reigning over your kingdom and not worrying about your leaky toilet.

1) Brush That Leak Right Out of Your Hair, Save on Your Water Bill!


When you have a leak, your tank can fill too quickly. This can cause an overflow and also give you a more pricey water bill. No bueno, it’s time to get rid of that nasty sediment and calcium that collect around the holes that are right under the rim of your toilet. Simply grab a toilet brush and scrub those bad boys right out! This alone should help immensely.

2) Change Your Flapper


The flapper is the plug/cover that sits over against the drain hole in your tank (often red or green in color). This is another big culprit when it comes to leaks. The good news here is that you can get a new one for about 5 bucks at your local hardware store. Just make sure you scrub around the drain hole before the install so it is clean and sets in the right way.

3) Adjust the Ball Float’s Position


Take the cover off of your tank and simply bend the ball float down, just a bit (apprx 1” beneath the overflow pipe ought to do it). Try flushing the toilet. If the water level isn’t quite right, play with the positioning of the ball float until you get a suitable water level.

If these methods don’t help you, have no fear, Punch List is here. We can take a look at your problem and have it fixed in no time or consult with you about your best options for a new, more efficient toilet that can save you hundreds of dollars per year. Until then, happy flushing!

Love, Jim

P.S. Please leave a comment below if you employ any of the above methods to success or ask us a question if you need any clarification, thanks!

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