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One of the most common problems with a toilet is the chain catching under the toilet flapper. As a result, the water continually leaks out of the tank, and therefore the tank continually attempts to fill. When tank lever arm is sitting at a 45º angle the length of the chain is longer than for tanks with a higher lever arm. As a result of the low sitting lever arm the chain is loose and able to get caught under the flapper when it closes during a flush. Water conditions can cause tackiness on the chain and flapper resulting in the chain sticking to the flapper or getting caught on itself. Below are the typical problems with the chain catching and the recommended solutions:
If chain is catching on tank lever arm: 1. Remove some of the excess chain you will not need. Leave three to six links of excess; 2. Cut a thin plastic tubing, (similar to drinking straw) 2/3rds the length of the chain and then pull the chain through the tube and reattach chain to lever arm.
If chain is catching on or under flapper: 1. Cut a thin plastic tubing, (similar to drinking straw) 2/3rds the length of the chain and then pull the chain through the tube and reattach chain to lever arm; 2. Replace flapper chain with Fluidmaster’s Universal Flapper Chain #5104.
If the tank lever is not dropping down after it has been pressed and released: 1. Replace lever arm.
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 | Fluidmaster
Larry from New Jersey wrote to us on August 12, 2014 saying..."I just wanted to say - I am so delighted and impressed with your customer service. The no-hassle warranty replacement is a testament to a company that puts their customers first. You should know my replacement flapper arrived in just a few days, and I am pleased as punch! You have another lifetime customer! I will tweet and post my wonderful experience with Fluidmaster products. Thanks so very much for your impressive support! "
Fluidmaster thanks Larry for his kind words and for being such a loyal customer of ours!
Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 | Fluidmaster
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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 | Fluidmaster
The annual Innovation Awards edition of the Home Improvement Executive magazine was just published, naming Fluidmaster as the Gold Medal (highest level) recipient for the Toilet Repair Parts category. Mentioned were the following Fluidmaster products that were considered to be very innovative:
1. Fluidmaster flappers that include Microban antimicrobial to fight premature flapper breakdown caused by bacteria, 2. PerforMAX fill valves offering high performance while remaining quiet, and 3. Click Seal faucet and toilet connectors that provide an easy solution for consumers installing new fixtures.
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 | Fluidmaster
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Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Fluidmaster
"In the early years of Fluidmaster, our founder Mr. Adolf Schoepe specifically included 'Be a good citizen in the community' to the company's goals," said John Wohlfiel, VP of Human Resources. "That objective remains a priority to this day for our entire team as we serve the community through such organizations as the Boys & Girls Club, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, as well as through our support of the many local businesses that make San Juan Capistrano an exceptional place to live and work."
Monday, Jul 14, 2014 | Fluidmaster
Fluidmaster products are designed to stand up under the chlorine concentrations found in municipal water supplies. This level varies from no chlorine in certain communities to highly noticeable in others. Adding toilet bowl cleaners to the tank, especially one that is not used often, will result in significantly higher concentrations of chlorine. This will accelerate the deterioration of materials in the tank especially rubber and vinyl. Toilet flappers are most susceptible to breakdown due to usage of the drop-in toilet bowl cleaners.
If you are looking for an alternative, Fluidmaster offers the 8300 Flush 'n Sparkle cleaner with bleach. Our model does not allow chlorine to come in contact with the working parts in your toilet tank, so there is no risk of failure. Just avoiding the use of drop-in toilet bowl cleaners will ensure that your toilet remains in good working condition for a long time.
Monday, Jul 07, 2014 | Fluidmaster
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Monday, Jun 30, 2014 | Fluidmaster
If the Toilet Flapper won’t close the resulting symptom would be a Double Flush in the Toilet Bowl.
When the “Toilet Flapper won’t close” the cause could be:
If ‘the flapper sticks to the over flow pipe’, use a fingernail file on the flapper frame where it touches the over flow pipe (usually above the clips that attach to the posts on the over flow pipe). File enough of the frame so they do not touch. You can also put Vaseline on the clips as well to prohibit sticking. Flush a few times to check.
If ‘flapper is being kept up by the water flow from the refill” you will see bubbles coming into the tank from the drain seat Reset the angle of the water flow from the angle adapter so it hits the top inside of the over flow pipe. This will allow the stream of water to run down the wall of the pipe and allow the flapper to close.
Flow from the ‘fill valve water coming into the tank can miss-align a flapper or keep it open. You can turn the shank of the fill valve, so the stream of water is diverted around the flapper area. Flush to check.
If the ‘chain is catching on the lever arm’ and as a result keeping the flapper open there is a fix for this condition. We recommend you use a drinking straw and cut it to 2/3rds the length of the chain. Attach the straw onto the chain. This will keep the chain from wrapping around the lever arm. The flapper will once again open and close freely.
If the ‘lever is old and sticking” replace it.
If you are getting a Double Flush, you may have the wrong flapper in the tank. A 3.5 gallon per flush or larger toilet, (Pre-1994) keeps the flapper open until the tank is emptied. It is likely that you need a 1.6 gallon per flush type flapper that is adjustable. 1.6 gpf flappers close before all the water drain from the tank.
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 | Fluidmaster
An incomplete or very weak flush can be caused by, low water level in the tank, the flapper closing too soon, a clog in the trap, sewer pipe or vent pipe. Build up of calcium and other minerals in the rim feed holes can also cause an incomplete or weak flush.
1. Low Water in Tank - Check the water level first and adjust your float higher to increase water level.
2. Flapper closes too soon - Check the length of the chain. Chain slack for most toilets should have ¼ to ½ inch of slack, adjust if needed.
Here is how to determine if you have a clog in the trap way, sewer pipe or vent pipe:
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 | Fluidmaster
If your new toilet flapper is leaking, please take the following steps:
Check the seat for corrosion or unevenness. Move your finger around the seat rim to check for irregularities or nicks. Replace Flush Valve or purchase a Fluidmaster Flusher Fixer Kit #555C to apply a new seat.
Check to see if the flapper arms at the point of attachment to the overflow pipe are clipped in place.
If you have a brass overflow pipe that requires an adapter and you are using our Rigid Flapper Kits (500,501 or 502) make sure the adapter is square to the drain. Turn the adapter to the left or right to center the flapper over the drain hole. If the back half of the flapper has a gap between the rubber and the seat, file the two 1/8” extensions of the adapter (plastic) that is facing down. When reinstalled the flapper should sit down on the seat front to back or exchange the flapper with our All Rubber Flapper Sure Fit Models (503,504 or 5051).
Some brass overflow pipes are threaded at the bottom. This is a potential leak location that can be tightened by turning it. If the pipe has pin holes or corrosion in this area replace the brass overflow pipe.
Some flush valves that have oval overflow pipes or have an angled seat may not accommodate rigid frame flappers. Use instead an All Rubber Flapper (Sure Fit Models 503,504 and 5051), The Fluidmaster Sure Fit flappers # 503 and # 504 are designed for Pre-1994 toilets or if the toilet is manufactured after 1994 choose the 5051 Sure Fit Flapper.
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Several things cause a slow filling or non-filling valve.1. After several years of use the seal of the 400A toilet fill valve can become swollen, causing a slower fill. 2. The inlet of the valve or the water supply line is plugged with debris. 3. New installations, if using a straight pipe as a water supply line, it may be extended too far inside the bottom of the valve shank. 4. New installation, the valve cone washer was used with the wrong supply line.
The solutions are:1. Replace the swollen seal with the # 242 seal. They are available at your local hardware stores that carry Fluidmaster products. 2. The valve can be cleaned by using the house pressure to clear debris from the valve body. Turn the water off, flush the tank and remove the top cap. Hold a cup upside down over the fill valve and turn on the water to the toilet. You should get a forceful stream of water coming out of the fill valve. If no water or very little water flows up through the valve you may have debris lodged deeper in the valve. Simply remove the water supply line under the tank and use a metal hanger that you can straighten, starting at the top of the valve ream out the center of the valve until the debris drops out from the bottom of the valve. If this does not resolve your problem you may want to repair your valve with a new 242 seal. 3. Shut off water supply, unscrew the coupling nut and cut the supply line shorter. It should not extend more than ½” inside the fill valve shank. 4. If you used the cone washer that was supplied with the Fluidmaster Kit on a flexible supply line you have plugged the shank. Simply remove the cone washer and use the supply line as is. If you threw away the cone washer from the supply line you will need to replace the supply line.
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 | Fluidmaster
If your toilet tank flapper is 5 years old - just change it. The time saved will outweigh the cost of fussing with an aged flapper. Take a look at our product listing to find a similar flapper. Several of our flappers including the 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 5051 and 555C now come with built-in Microban protection.
If the flapper is under 5 years old check the rubber surface for debris. Wipe slime and/or debris from the underside and seat with clean cloth. If you see warping or waviness of the flat rubber piece then replace it. If you use chlorine tablets in the tank this would be the cause of the warping. Remove the tablet (it damages parts in the tank) and replace with 8300 Flush n Sparkle with chlorine bowl cleaning system. (You need a refill hose supplying water to the overflow pipe for the 8300 kit to work).
Cut excess chain if it is interfering with the seating of the flapper. Makes sure the chain is not too straight. It may lift the flapper from seat. Have ¼” to ½” slack in chain.
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 | Fluidmaster
The 502 Universal PerforMAX High Performance Toilet Flapper is a true universal replacement that successfully optimizes toilets with 1.28-3.5 gallons per flush or higher (most other “Universal” flappers in the marketplace only cover half this range). Each type of toilet has unique specifications to optimize its performance. The 502 adjustment mechanism allows the user to meet those specifications to ensure optimal performance whereas other flappers do not. This not only optimizes performance but also ensures that the minimal amount of water is used with each flush thus helping reduce wasteful water consumption.
Fluidmaster’s 502 Universal PerforMAX High Performance Toilet Flapper With Microban® has built-in Microban® protection which keeps the flapper cleaner by fighting flapper breakdown due to bacteria on the flapper itself. It addition, The 502 Universal PerforMAX High Performance Toilet Flapper has a rigid frame to ensure a good seal flush after flush, and a kink-free chain to eliminate the need to jiggle the handle.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 | Fluidmaster
Fluidmaster products are now being featured on Proud Green Home which publishes credible and useful online news and information that enables an audience of homeowners, plumbers, homebuilders, remodelers, architects, developers, product suppliers and others to create more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable homes. Several types of energy efficient and water saving products are featured on Proud Green Home including videos, white papers, and blogs. This is a completely free website for you to visit and we are excited about being featured on their website. Fluidmaster’s Click Seal® Water Supply Connectors, Toilet Flappers with Microban®, Toilet Fill Valve, Dual Flush Toilet Converter System and the Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner are currently featured on Proud Green Home.
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Friday, Jan 17, 2014 | Fluidmaster
You may be surprised to know that Oprah Winfrey knows how to fix her own toilet! This candid photo was taken recently by Gayle King and posted on Instagram. We at Fluidmaster strive to make toilet repair an easy task to do. Not only do we have all the products you would need to repair your toilet but our products are also designed to save water. If you have never repaired a toilet before, please visit our Fix-It-Zone.Click to see Oprah fixing her toilet
Friday, Jan 10, 2014 | Fluidmaster
Fluidmaster, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of toilet tank components and trim announced today its acquisition of the Kolektor Liv based in Postojna, Slovenia. Kolektor Liv has been one of a leading European provider of sanitary ware products, including in-wall and concealed cisterns, under the LIV® and Schwab® brands actively sold in over 30 countries in Europe and in the Middle East.
“Fluidmaster and Kolektor have been discussing a potential collaboration for some time and we jointly determined that this acquisition is the best way to serve both existing and prospective customers in Europe and beyond,” said Robert AndersonSchoepe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fluidmaster. “This acquisition supports our corporate objective to continue strengthening our core business in the European market, in part by adding to our cistern product portfolio.”
“We selected Fluidmaster on basis of its ability to ensure future growth equal to or even greater than our own strategic plan for the sanitaryware business, coupled with our social responsibility towards the local community and environment in which Kolektor Liv operates,” explained Radovan Bolko, Kolektor CEO. “Fluidmaster shares our vision of maintaining workplaces and plans to further develop the business from its existing location.”
The structure of employees and the management of Kolektor Liv marketing sanitary products under the existing LIV and Schwab brands will remain in place. “We are excited about this particular location as a base for expanding our European operations,” stated Todd Talbot, Fluidmaster President. “Through our discussions, we have gained great respect for the leaders of this business and look forward to fully integrating them into the Fluidmaster team.”
“Fluidmaster, LIV and Schwab products are very complementary and we believe our combined sales teams will be able to grow the business with this comprehensive product portfolio,” said Uroš Likar, Managing Director of Kolektor Liv. “Fluidmaster is poised to fully leverage the potential in our operations, products and people and we look forward to a bright future for the new enterprise.”
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 | Fluidmaster
With the Holidays just around the corner, the last thing you would want to deal with is a leaky or running toilet. Here are some 10 simple steps that you can take today to make sure that your toilet is functioning properly:
We at Fluidmaster wish you Happy Holidays!!
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A new page called "Fluidmaster Advatange" has been added to our website under the tab "Why Fluidmaster". The contents of this page is designed to help you choose the right Fluidmaster product for your toilet repair needs.
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It may not be first on your list of projects but fixing that toilet is an important one! Whether it’s running, leaking or your spouse is nagging you to do something about it because the water bill is too high, it’s time to lift the lid and see what’s going on. Upgrade your toilet to a high performing, water saving toilet in 30 minutes with a Fluidmaster Duo Flush!Read More
Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 | Barbara O'Brian
Keeping your toilet bowl nice and clean is never a glamorous job, but someone has to do it. It’s a dreaded task that no one ever looks forward to completing. Finding the best toilet bowl cleaner is the perfect way to reduce the time and effort it takes to clean your toilet. Believe it or not, some toilet bowl cleaners are harsh enough to void the warranty of some toilets, due to the damage done to tank components. So, when looking for the best toilet bowl cleaners you need to look for cleaners that are safe on the toilet tank and septic systems but strong enough to really combat stains. Other features like the scent and ability to reduce or eliminate scrubbing are also taken into consideration.Read More
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A Canadian community-based social marketing initiative for Water Conservation, called The Blue Dot, is getting a lot of mail. We can learn something from the Canadians, who like us, hate waste, but understand that waste motivates people especially well when it is waste that provides no benefit.Read More
Tuesday, Dec 06, 2011 | Barbara O’Brian
Welcome to the new look of Fluidmaster! We have been working diligently to develop a new web site experience for you, the Do-It-Yourself Fluidmaster® customer, our OEM partners and our International associates. We are very excited to embark on this new adventure, and we hope that you will enjoy navigating our new site.Read More