I replaced the flapper in my ceramic toilet tank and the leak from the tank into the bowl slowed, but it still leaks. What is the next step I should take to get rid of this leak?

  • Is there any water going over the overflow pipe? Is it possible the tank is just over filling? – The Evil Greebo Sep 26 '11 at 18:54
  • No, the overflow pipe is very far from being reached. I think it is not a good seal with flapper, but not sure how to help that other than the new flapper I just installed. – WilliamKF Sep 26 '11 at 19:39
  • possible duplicate of How to fix a leaky flapper valve? – BMitch Sep 26 '11 at 20:49
  1. Make sure the gasket that the flapper rests on is perfectly clean. Any grit or sediment on it can prevent the flapper from making a good seal.

  2. Check the chain that runs from the handle assembly to the flapper. If it's taut when the flapper is down, it may be holding the flapper slightly away from the gasket, again preventing a good seal.

If that doesn't work, it may be time to replace the whole flush assembly


If just replacing the flapper was insufficient, you'll need to replace the entire flush valve assembly. Replacement kits like this can be found at Lowes or Home Depot

enter image description here


I resolved the leak by moving the rubber hose that brings water into the tank that was feeding into the cylinder in the center of the tank to which the flapper is affixed at its base. The hose was down inside the cylinder and I found a plastic clip at the top of the cylinder that had a nib for the rubber hose to attach onto. With this change, the water still goes into the cylinder, but now it is up in the air, so their can be no siphon effect. I'm guessing that the leak was somehow related to this since with this change, the intermittent slow leak ceased.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.