Ok…this may seem like an odd post for a single parenting site. However, home repair can eat up a budget very quickly, and many of the things that need to be fixed in a home don’t have to be done by a professional. This Single Mama don’t need drama, and high dollar home repairs I definitely consider drama! If I can do it…anyone can do it! I am not handy at all, but I can watch YouTube and follow directions on projects that are not complicated. This quick toilet flapper repair is super easy and will cost you under $10.00. Now…compare that to hiring out a plumber!
Earlier this spring, the toilet in my upstairs bathroom began to “run.” All I could see was dollars going down the toilet that I would have to pay on the next water bill. Then, I added to that the thought of paying a plumber to come out. When I looked into the tank of the toilet, I could see what the problem was. The “rubber thingy” (aka: toilet flapper) was broken on one side and allowing water to go into the actual toilet. I knew there couldn’t be much to it, so I watched a video on YouTube, followed it, and voila! The toilet was fixed…all for under $10.00!!! Now, that saves this single mama a lot of unnecessary financial drama! I promise…if I can do it, you can, too! Here’s the project in total!
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What you will need to repair a toilet flapper
- Needle Nose Pliers- If you don’t have some, you can get these on Amazon with the Toilet Flapper. Click here for the pliers.
- A Toilet Flapper- I used the Korky Toilet Flapper. You can get it on Amazon by clicking on this link!
- That’s it!!! That’s all you need for this project. If you have pliers, this will cost you under $10.00. If you need pliers, you can still do it for under $15.00!
Where Do I Start?
Step 1: Turn off the water valve to the toilet
- You’ll want to stop all water flowing to the toilet so you can do the repair. Don’t be afraid of this step!
- More than likely, there is a knob behind your toilet (picture below). Turn the knob so the valve is closed and water doesn’t flow into the toilet. You’ll know that it’s closed because water will not refill the toilet when you flush it.
- P.S. Don’t judge my wall or baseboards. That’s the next project that I’ll post about! 🙂
Step 2: Drain the water in the toilet tank
- Flush the toilet. That should drain the water in the toilet tank into the actual toilet bowl.
- If the toilet handle doesn’t work, you can lift up the chain that is on the current toilet flapper to raise it. That should drain the water.
- You want as much of the toilet tank as dry as possible.
Step 3: Remove the old toilet flapper
- The old toilet flapper should have a hole on each side of it that connects (or snaps onto) a small plastic peg on both sides. It will also connect at the top to a chain that attaches to a handle at the top.
- Disconnect the old toilet flapper from each side of the pegs.
- Disconnect the chain at the top of the handle.
- Remove the old toilet flapper. You’re halfway done! Super easy!
Step 4: Snap on the new toilet flapper and adjust the chain length
- Snap the new toilet flapper onto the sides of the pegs.
- Make sure the new toilet flapper sits securely on top of the hole to the pipe.
- Attach the hook of the chain to the handle inside the tank.
- You may have to adjust the chain length to make sure the flapper will open and close correctly. There should be just enough slack in it so it rests securely on top of the pipe but not too much that the handle won’t lift it when the toilet is flushed.
- Amateur confession: I didn’t want to cut the chain because I didn’t have the tools to do it. So, I just looped the hook around the 2nd or 3rd link to shorten the chain to the length I needed it to be. I then used the pliers to press down on the hook to make sure it attached securely to the handle inside the tank.
Step 5: Turn on the water and test the flush!
- Make sure the clip for the water line is inside the pipe that fills the tank.
- Turn on the water and fill the tank.
- Once the tank is full, flush the toilet to make sure it all works! You should see the flapper rise with the water and then sink back down to seal the tank. You may have to adjust the chain if it is too loose or too tight.
You now know how to repair a toilet flapper!
- True confession…I dreaded doing this project for the longest time because I was scared to do it. I look back now and can’t believe I didn’t tackle it sooner. This project is super easy and it’s super cheap!
- The best thing? When you have finished it, you’ll feel accomplished in knowing you can tackle some basic home repairs without paying hundreds of dollars to someone else! You can do it!
- Comment on this post about some other basic home repairs you want to tackle (or ones you have already tackled) and how that turned out!