The toilet flapper is a small, rubber valve that controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl.
Over time, mineral buildup and debris can cause the flapper to malfunction, resulting in a leaky toilet or poor flush performance.
Cleaning the flapper is a simple task that can be done in a few minutes and can save you money on water bills and prevent the need for costly repairs.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to clean your toilet flapper along with some other useful tips.
Let’s get started.
What You’ll Need:
- Bucket or small container
- White vinegar
- An old toothbrush or small brush
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- Turn off the water supply to the toilet by turning the knob or valve behind the toilet clockwise.
- Flush the toilet to empty the tank.
- Use a plunger to remove any debris from the toilet bowl.
- Use a bucket or small container to remove the remaining water from the tank.
- Use a small brush or old toothbrush to scrub the flapper and the surrounding area with white vinegar. Be sure to remove any mineral buildup or debris.
- Rinse the flapper and surrounding area with water and reassemble the toilet.
- Turn the water supply back on and flush the toilet to test for proper function.
How Often Should You Clean Your Toilet Flapper?
It is recommended to clean your toilet flapper every six months. However, if you notice any issues with your toilet such as leaks, poor flush performance, or high water bills, it may be necessary to clean it more frequently.
When to Call a Professional Plumber
If you are unable to clean the flapper or if the problem persists after cleaning, it is best to call a professional plumber. A professional can diagnose and repair any underlying issues that may be causing the problem.
What to Do if You Notice the Flapper is Broken
If the flapper appears to be broken or worn, it will need to be replaced. To replace the flapper:
- Follow the steps above to turn off the water supply and remove the remaining water from the tank.
- Carefully remove the old flapper by unhooking it from the overflow pipe and the flush lever arm.
- Take the old flapper to a home improvement store to find a replacement that is the same size and shape.
- Install the new flapper by hooking it to the overflow pipe and flush the lever arm.
- Turn the water supply back on and flush the toilet to test for proper function. If you are unsure about how to replace the flapper or if you encounter any difficulty, it is best to call a professional plumber to avoid any damage or further problems.
Cleaning a toilet flapper is a simple task that can save you money on water bills and prevent costly repairs. By following the steps outlined above, you can keep your toilet in good working condition.
Thinking of deep cleaning your whole bathroom? See Tips for Deep Cleaning the Bathroom for some cleaning tips.
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-Baking Soda Guy
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