Please help me figure this out!

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by mrsjulie, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. mrsjulie

    mrsjulie New Member

    Apr 1, 2009
    my toilet is 2 years old, just recently started "running" for 10 seconds or so, every minute or two. Not constantly, but just about. Along with this, the flush handle has to be forcibly pulled back up, after you flush it, or it will keep running. Any ideas what is wrong? I would appreciate some advice, thank in advance for help!
  2. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    It would help to know the brand of toilet,some times the flapper can get
    sticky and cause the handle to feel tight.And cause it to leak.If you want
    to know for sure if it is the flapper put some food dye in the tank and
    see if it shows up in the bowl.
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  4. mrsjulie

    mrsjulie New Member

    Apr 1, 2009
    thanks, i just tried the food color/dye, we'll see if that tells me anyting. the brand of toilet is Mansfield 160.
  5. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

    Jan 5, 2009
    Used to be in IT
    South of Boston, MA
    I had to adjust the float on my toilet
    I bent the rod slightly so that the float was lower
    That way the water shut off sooner
  6. krow

    krow Plumber

    Feb 11, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Sounds like you have 2 unrelated issues.

    Your flapper is leaking and needs replacement
    Your lever action/ handle needs to be greased or replaced (You may have a green crusty build up at the pivot point inside the tank)
  7. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    Replace the flush valve seal.
    You need a 210/211 Mansfield seal it is commonly available.
    Also replace the fill valve and supply line.
    Fluidmaster 400A and a braided stainless steel closet supply (not watts floodsafe) would be good choices...
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