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Todd82TA
Toilets and Flappers, what's wrong here?
Todd82TA

Hey guys, there's a question I've wanted to ask for a while, but just keep forgetting.

Every year, I have to replace the flapper in all of my toilets. I live in South Florida, and our water quality is pretty good (supposed to be the best in South Florida). I'm trying to figure out WHY these flappers go bad, literally every year. My guess is that they're simply made of cheaper materials now. I don't remember my dad having to do this every year back in the 80s and 90s when I was growing up.

Is there an alternative to replacing them with the cheap red ones you get from Home Despot? Or is there a longer-lasting alternative?

Reason I ask is... I want to rent my house out again in a couple of years. When I rented it out (when I lived out of state) last time... I got frantic calls from the tenant almost on a yearly basis... and I really don't want to have to deal with this again.

Thanks!

dj1
Re: Toilets and Flappers, what's wrong here?
dj1

You can pay 5 times what you are paying now for a flapper, and have the same problem. Try a flapper from a plumbing supply joint.

If you want to be a landlord, don't let a flapper a year discourage you.

If you are going to be an absentee landlord, find a reliable and honest handyman to take care of minor things like changing a flapper for you.

Fencepost
Re: Toilets and Flappers, what's wrong here?
Fencepost

Chlorine destroys the material used in most flappers. If you are on a municipal system that provides chlorinated water, try a Fluidmaster PRO54 flapper, which is supposed to be chlorine-resistant. I've never used one, so I can't vouch for it.

And don't use those in-the-tank toilet cleaners. They will destroy not only the flapper, but all the other gaskets holding back the water in your toilet.

bill
Re: Toilets and Flappers, what's wrong here?
bill

I always use real plumbers parts not knock off made by master plumber or any others. If the toilet is crane use crane, if the toilet is american standard use american standard and so on.

hollasboy
Re: Toilets and Flappers, what's wrong here?
hollasboy

I installed 3 toilets in my house over the past 6 years, and have not had a single issue with any of them (nor their flappers).

What is happening to the flappers? Are they warping, or breaking apart?

You might have a mechanical issue with the adjustable chain connecting it to the handle - maybe the original plumber made the chain too short so every time you flush, you might be putting extra pressure on the parts.

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