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Are all toilet flappers the same size?

Last Updated: 13th April, 2020

STEP 1: Toilets vary in size and shape, as do their flush valve systems. Flappers comes in two sizes, two inch and three inch. A majority of toilets will use the two inch flapper; however three inch flappers have become popular in recent years and can be found in newer toilets manufactured since 2005.

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Likewise, are toilet flappers universal?

A universal sized toilet flapper used to be the norm, but today toilet flappers can range anywhere from 2″ to 4″ in size. The size of the flapper that your toilet uses usually is determined by a couple of factors.

Additionally, how long do toilet flappers last? 4 to 5 years

Keeping this in view, do I need a float on my toilet flapper?

The flapper should start to rise before the handle is halfway down. Move the float, if there is one, closer to the flapper. You may have to unhook the chain to do this. The float is a feature of water-saving flappers, and it works best if it's about 1 inch from the flapper.

Why is my toilet trickling?

There's the sound of trickling water in the toilet. The toilet starts refilling all by itself. This may be caused by a leaking flush valve, allowing water to pass through the tank into the bowl. If the flush valve leaks the flapper must be replaced and the seat it sits on cleaned thoroughly.

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Kathlene Uribarri

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Why does my toilet randomly run for a few seconds?

The most common issue with toilets randomly flushing is that the flapper has become brittle or sediment has formed on the flapper/tank which prevents the flapper making a complete seal. If enough water is permitted to leak out of the tank, the filling mechanism will be triggered and the tank will refill.

Placentina Afan De Rivera

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How do you close a toilet flapper?

Start by closing the toilet flapper valve on the water line to the toilet by turning it clockwise. Then flush the toilet and hold the flapper open to allow the water to drain from the tank. Use a sponge to mop out the water that remains.

Zada Orenstamm

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How much does it cost to replace a toilet flapper?

Having a plumber or a handyman replace failing toilet parts like a fill valve or flapper can cost $50-$150 or more, depending on local rates and the worker's qualifications. Replacing a shutoff valve typically costs $25-$50 and replacing a wax ring (and possibly also the closet flange) might cost $50-$200.

Casian Scharpenberg

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How do I know what model toilet I have?

Finding your toilet manufacturer and/or model number: Carefully remove the toilet tank lid and set it gently on the floor, with the bottom facing up. Look for the manufacturer name or a number on the bottom side of the water tank lid.

Pablo MariƱa

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How often should you change your toilet flapper?

For example:
  1. Handle: there is no distinct time frame, but you should replace your toilet handle if: You have to jiggle it to stop the water from running. Your toilet won't fully flush unless you hold the handle down.
  2. Flappers, trip levers, fill valves, fittings, and plumbing connections: 4-5 years.
  3. Wax seals: 20-30 years.

Maricielo Babot

Pundit

Why won't the flapper in the toilet close?

The problem is caused by too much slack in the lifting chain that connects the flush lever to the flapper. When the chain has too much slack, it cannot lift the flapper high enough to allow the full amount of water to flow down through the flush valve; it closes prematurely, thereby stopping the flush.

Homero Pistor

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Which toilet flapper is best?

Take a look below, as our team has compiled reviews on 15 Best Toilet Flappers according to American standards:
  • Fluidmaster 502P21 Universal Flapper.
  • Korky 2021BP G-Max Toilet Repairs.
  • KOHLER GENUINE PART GP85160.
  • KOHLER GP1078441 FLAPPER.
  • Fluidmaster 703AP4 Flapperless.
  • American Standard Flapper and Chain.

Adur Palanirajan

Teacher

How do I fix my running toilet?

Flush the toilet and look for a fill valve leak. Lift up on the toilet float arm when the tank is filling to see if the water stops. Bend or adjust the toilet float arm so the tank stops filling when the water level is 1/2- to 1-in. below the top of the overflow pipe.

Callie Lopez Castillo

Teacher

Why does a toilet run periodically?

A toilet that cuts on and off by itself, or runs intermittently, has a problem that plumbers call a phantom flush. The cause is a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. The solution is to drain the tank and bowl, check and clean the flapper seat, and replace the flapper if it's worn or damaged.

Pietat Astor

Teacher

What causes toilet flapper leak?

The most common cause of a leaking toilet tank is when the flapper fails to seat properly and form a tight seal against the valve seat. This lets water leak from the tank into the bowl. It may be caused by the flapper being out of position. If the water level has fallen below your mark, the flush valve is leaking.

Germaine Sagredo

Reviewer

Does Walmart sell toilet flappers?

501 Universal Solid Frame 2" Toilet Flapper - Walmart.com.

Mohand Mendel

Reviewer

How do I stop my toilet flapper from closing too fast?

The flapper is closing too soon.
  1. Remove the lid from tank and make sure the chain has only 1/4 inch of slack. (When you hit the trip lever, the arm should only move 1/4 inch before activation.)
  2. Adjust the water level.
  3. Place 3 arms length of toilet paper in the water in the bowl.
  4. Flush the toilet.
  5. Does it flush properly?

Shanae Asprilla

Reviewer

What is the float for on a toilet flapper?

Moving a float (a float is placed on the flapper chain) up the chain, so you are setting the flapper to close faster. By lowering the float on the chain you are causing the flapper to stay open longer.

Charalampos Janig

Supporter

Where should the float be in a toilet?

A fluid master type fill valve has an integral float that has an adjustment rod on the side of the assembly. You should be able to pinch the spring clip and adjust the float up or down. Move it down a half of an inch for a toilet that is running constantly. Let it go and see if the water stops running.

Lakhvir Piepenborn

Beginner

What kind of toilet flapper do I need?

An easy reference for determining your toilet's flapper size is to look at the flush valve drain opening at the bottom of your tank. STEP 2: If your flapper is the size of a baseball or an orange, your toilet requires a two inch flapper.

Uhaitz Albarran

Beginner

How do you adjust the water level in the toilet bowl?

Steps
  1. Remove the toilet tank lid.
  2. Take note of the water level inside the tank.
  3. Turn off the water supply to the toilet.
  4. Examine the float and fill valve.
  5. Examine the toilet tank's float height.
  6. Use a screwdriver to raise or lower the float height.
  7. Flush the toilet to test the water level.