Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fix a Toilet That Won't Stop Flushing

Sloan valve toilets, a common fixture in vintage apartments, use less water, but give a more powerful flush. 

Occasionally, the toilet gets stuck flushing constantly. When this occurs, it’s most often because a bit of natural sediment from the water pipes is lodged in the diaphragm that opens and closes. It keeps the system open causing one flush after another.


 Firmly tap the top of the Sloan valve until the toilet stops flushing.

The quick fix is to gently tap on the flat surface on top of the hexagon (six sided) nut on the very top of the pipes, above the flush handle. You can use a shampoo bottle, a hammer, a shoe, or can of soup.

The idea is not to break it open, but just to shake things enough to loosen the stuck bit. It may take 10-20 taps. If this works, that’s all that’s needed – nothing more to fix. If it doesn’t, please contact Hayes Properties as soon as possible. The running water will affect your water pressure and your neighbors’ ability to shower.

For the love of all that is holy, do not hit the porcelain bowl! Past experience tells us to include that disclaimer.

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