Toilet handle leaking is a common problem. It is not the most common problem because the issues usually pertain to the valve, water pressure and other components of the tank or cistern. When you do have a toilet handle leaking, it can be quite unnerving and you may not know where to start or how to fix it. Do not panic and bid adieu to your anxiety as this simple guide should be of immense help.
Components and Operation
Understand the basics of how toilets function so you can relate to the problem. All toilets have a float ball. This float ball is responsible to control or cap the water height. When the water intake reaches the level where it is permitted to, the metered fill valve swings into action and the water intake is stopped. There is a pressure counter balance and your cistern doesn’t get overflowed. However, when there is an overflow, which could be due to higher pressure of water through the pipe, malfunctioning of the inlet valve or the metered fill valve or the float ball not catering to its job, then you will have a problem. In all likelihood, you would have your toilet handle leaking.
Make Any Adjustments
Begin with a simple adjustment of the float ball. Reposition it to be at the optimum level. Don’t have it too high as then the water would overflow and leak through the handle. You need to ensure that the cistern or tank has enough water for flushing. Many people set the float ball too low. That will lead to inadequate water intake. You must allow enough water to flow in.
You can lower the water level by adjusting the water-intake assembly. You should find a thin metal rod with a clip attached to it. Pinch this clip and let it slide for about an inch. This will bring the cup down and the level of water the cistern or tank will hold will be reduced. You can flush the water out of the tank and then check if stores enough and if there is any further leak.
You may also have to adjust the metered fill valve. It usually has a knob. You can use a screwdriver to turn the knob. Just one fourth of a full rotation counterclockwise should get the job done. If you find the quantum of water reduced substantially, you can undo the rotation of the knob a little and get enough water again.