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Toilet Runs Briefly Several Times a Day

My toilet does something weird. Several times a day it starts to run and it lasts no longer than 30 seconds. What is up with that? I have never had a toilet do this. I changed the flapper tank ball, but it still comes on, maybe even more since I changed the flapper. Can someone please tell me what is going on with this thing? Thanks.

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By Cathy from Macon, GA

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January 9, 20100 found this helpful

Did you clean the area were the flapper rests in the tank? It is possible there is just a small obstruction that is causing the flapper not to rest properly and leak. A new flapper would be more sollid and rest even worse than the old one leaking even more.

I would suggest you turn off the water and drain the tank. Lift your flapper and take a small piece of sand paper and run it around the drain hole : inside drain area, around the edge of the drain hole & inside tank around the drain area.

It may help, it may not but what can it hurt besides a small piece of sandpaper. :) It might also help to rough up the bottom of the flapper but I would do that as a last resort. Good luck

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