Q. Ron asks: Regarding my toilet -- about half the water leaves the bowl after it fills from a flush. The flapper and valve don't leak. No water on floor or in basement. Why?
A. Your toilet tank provides enough water to do two things -- to cause the flush, and to refill the bowl. If the water ports at the underside of the rim of the bowl are partially clogged, most of the water will be used for the flush with nothing left to refill the bowl.
To clean the mineral deposits, first turn off the water to the toilet and give it a flush. Next, use duct tape to seal all the holes under the rim of the bowl. Then, pour a half-gallon of vinegar into the tank (any kind) and flush again. Walk away and leave the toilet overnight. Next morning, remove the tape and use the end of a coat hanger to make sure the holes are thoroughly cleaned. Turn the water supply back on, flush and then go to the mirror so you will be able to enjoy the smile on your face.
Q. John asks: There is a "slamming" when the toilet valve shuts off. I recently replaced floating arms in both our toilets with floating cup ball cocks. Now, when the water shuts off, the valve slams shut hard and it sounds like a water hammer. What should I do?
A. If it sounds like a water hammer it probably is. This is not uncommon when a brand-new valve is installed. Open the valve by removing a few screws, lubricate the gasket and replace. Do this on both valves. If rubber-gasket lube isn't enough, install an air chamber (shock absorbers) at each of the toilet-supply pipes. If you would like to learn more about air chambers, go to our Web site at www.onthehouse.com and type air chamber into the search engine.
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