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My Toilet Sounds Like A Jackhammer After Flushing

December 24, 2013 9:06 pm
posted by Mr. Rooter Plumbing

toilet-jackhammer-sound-salem-plumber-12-25-13A toilet that won’t stop running, or one that causes a jack-hammering or rattling noise after you flush it, is typically the result of a faulty valve, says the most referred Salem plumber.  Turn off the water supply to the toilet and locate the valve located behind or below the toilet tank.

According to your local Salem plumber, turn the valve clockwise until it stops, taking care that you do not over-tighten the valve.  Mr. Rooter gets many calls just because a heavy-handed homeowner has put a little too much torque into a minor adjustment, which results in damaging the valve.  Flush the toilet to empty the water tank after you’ve turned the water supply off.

Mr. Rooter Tip of the Week

Tip #1  Remove the valve cap cover located near the top of the tank. Typically, just remove it by unscrewing it or popping it off with a small screwdriver.

Tip #2  Once the cap is off, look for any signs of damage or sediment near the rubber washer or rubber diaphragm. Use your screwdriver to tighten the washer if it is loose. If it is broken, you’ll have to replace it or the entire valve system.

Tip #3  Replace the cap, turn the water back on and fill the toilet.  If the noise is gone, you don’t have to replace the valve. If it isn’t, you’ll need a new valve.

Tip #4  If the valve is damaged, you can typically replace it yourself.  You can purchase a new valve from your local Salem plumbing supply or home improvement hardware store.

Tip #5  Before installing the valve, turn off the water supply and flush the tank to empty the water out.  Remove the remaining water with a sponge, wet-dry vacuum, or by letting it drain from the tank once the water line is removed — just be sure to place a bucket under the hole in the tank where the line attaches.

Tip #6  The water line attaches to the toilet at the bottom of the tank. Remove the line by unscrewing the nut holding it to the tank.

Tip #7  Remove the old valve by unscrewing it from the bottom of the tank with a pair of pliers. Lift the valve out of the toilet and set it aside.

Tip #8  Insert the new valve and reattach the water line. Insert the new valve into the same hole as the old one. Reattach it to the toilet tank by screwing the plastic washer under the tank and tightening with pliers or channel locks.

Tip #9  Test the new valve. Refill the tank, adjust the valve as the manufacturer’s instructions recommend and test the new valve with a flush, to ensure the sound has stopped.

Happy Holidays, from your local Salem plumber, Mr. Rooter.

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