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Tips to Stop an Over Flushing Toilet

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding flushometer risks

The sound of a flushing toilet is usually a good thing – that is, until the flushing just won’t stop. Risks from a continuously flushing toilet include toilet overflow or a toilet flood, to say nothing of the wasted water. If the flushometer-operated toilet in your Chilton, TX, building is running a marathon, follow these steps proven to stop a toilet.

Understanding Flushometer Risks

The average commercial facility uses a flushometer-operated toilet. These tankless water-diverters use an inline handle to flush. Unfortunately, they have some vulnerabilities including:

  • Leaky handles
  • Incomplete flushing
  • Over flushing

Follow these steps to handle the most annoying of these, over flushing.

Getting Started

Start by grabbing a screwdriver and finding the place on your flushometer to shut off the water. Next, use a wrench to pop the lid off the flushometer; once you’ve popped the initial lid, the unit should screw off by hand. Remove the flange cover, but don’t be surprised if some water comes out during this step, though nothing like a toilet overflow. You should immediately see the gasket. You’ll also be able to see the weep hole, a small hole that can disrupt suction, and preventing the flushometer from completing the flush.

Cleaning Up

Your gasket will likely be covered in sediment. Use a damp sponge to clean it off very well. You’ll also want to clean the weep hole, using a narrow implement to get inside the port of the weep hole.

After cleaning both, replace and close the flushometer and test your fix. Didn’t work? Invest in a new gasket and try these steps again.
A malfunctioning flushometer can be noisy at best and unsanitary at worst. Avoid high water bills and risks like toilet overflow with these fixes. Or if you’re ready for the pros to step in, reach out to a water specialist to ensure your commercial building has proper, working facilities.

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