If you have a running toilet, it is usually caused by a stuck toilet handle. A toilet handle is a simple mechanism.that operates on a lift chain, which raises the flapper, or drain seal.
The issue is simple to fix without professional help. It usually involves readjusting the chain or wire. Here are tips to fix a stuck toilet handle.
Prepare to Work
For this task, you need:
- work gloves
- small brush
- small container or plastic freezer bag
Shut off the water supply valve, which is behind or beside the toilet. If there is no shut off valve, turn off the main water supply. The main water supply valve is near the water meter. You could do this repair without shutting off water, but shutting off the water makes internal repairs easier.
Check the Lever Nut
Loosen the nut holding handle on the lever. Note the direction of the thread to avoid damage. Adjust the handle, then re-tighten the nut. Check for mineral deposits on the nut. If there are deposits, soak the deposits with vinegar for about fifteen minutes, then brush them off.
Detach Lift Chain or Wire
Keep hardware in a small container or freezer bag, set the toilet lid in a safe place, flush the toilet to empty remaining water, and watch the mechanisms.
Check the chain or wire attached to the lever for kinks, bends, or corrosion. A corroded chain or wire will need replacing.
If there are kinks, detach the S-hook from the hole at the end of the chain or wire. You may need to bend the S-hook a bit using pliers or make them wider with a screwdriver. Wire links need to be unscrewed.
Detach the chain from the flush arm or unscrew the wire, and press the handle to check normal operation of the lever and handle. If this works, adjust the chain or wire. Straighten wire bends or kinks in the chain with your fingers.
Realign the Chain or Wire
Pull the chain or wire until it aligns with the holes on the lever, ensuring the flapper is still over the valve. Note the link near the hole right over the flush valve, and mark it, if needed.
Insert the link in the marked position, and tighten the screws. To reattach chains, insert one end of the S-hook in the link, and press it with pliers to tighten. Insert a wire in the hole, and tighten the screw with a screwdriver.
Flush the toilet and watch the operation. The flapper should be in an almost straight line. Try a a different hole if the handle keeps sticking. If the toilet handle still doesn't work or the toilet leaks, contact a plumber.
For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://www.bishopplumbing.com.