Leaking Eljer

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by liftereyes, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. liftereyes

    liftereyes New Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have an old Eljer toilet that I cannot get to stop leaking around the tank ball valve seat. It seems, if I shut off the water supply, the level will slowly seep down to about half the tank then stop.

    I am unsure of the exact model it is but it uses this type of flapper and 'Jun 23, 1971' is imprinted on the tank. I have replaced the tank ball and flush assembly once before and that stopped this leaking for a few weeks but then it returned.

    Anything I may be missing?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Ah the Eljer Touch Flush...

    There is a molded overflow in the tank.
    The bowl refill (Primer) tube pours water down this opening to refill the bowl.
    There should be a bracket that holds the tube above this opening so it does not extend down into the opening.

    If the tube is down inside the opening it will siphon water from the tank into the bowl until the bowl drains down to the level of the tube...

    In your case about halfway...

    [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  3. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    Redwood nailed it. Eljer touch flush is very common around here in the older homes. I have a few of the OEM rebuild kits on the truck.
  4. liftereyes

    liftereyes New Member

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    Nailed it for sure. I'm both blown away how you guys knew that right away and pissed off at how easy that was! Haha!

    Thanks again guys!
  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    It's the been there done that factor....
    Some lessons are very easy to remember because they blow you away so hard...

    Now next time you are looking at a leaking toilet you'll be checking out the placement of the refill tube won't you?:D
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