Problem with my toilet

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My toilet every so often, and often in the middle of the night decides to re-fill itself for about 10-20 seconds.

It only tops itself up for a short period, is there something wrong with the water pressure.

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  • deanosdeanos Forumite
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    Could be your ballcock not turning the water off properly in the cistern
  • CardewCardew Forumite
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    The most likely reason is that water in the cistern is leaking out - hopefully just into the toilet bowl - and the cistern is just topping up.

    It should be fairly easy to check this and replace the toilet plunger mechanism.
  • losgiganteskidlosgiganteskid Forumite
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    I believe this is a totally BOG standard procedure ;)
  • W1zzW1zz Forumite
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    Ghosts have to take a leak too you know. :eek:

    Nar, sorry, sounds like a leaking ballcock.
  • Hi,

    It sounds more like a leak beneath the syphon or flap!

    If you put some dye such as one of the blue toilet cleaning fluids in the cistern, do not flush the toilet, but check the bowl in a few hours. If the water in the bowl has discoloured then there is a leak on either the syphon or the flap valve, depending on what type of toilet you have!

    Ironically flap valves in toilets are relatively new for if they do leak then the water goes straight down the pan, water companies did not want this and so insisted on a syphon as the chance of a syphon wasting water was very low.

    Now that most houses have water meters it is ok if your toilet is of the flap type and leaks!

    Moral of the story is that the water companies don't mind you wasting water as long as you are paying for it!
  • cheggerscheggers Forumite
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    The toilet is a Roca, with the plunger in the middle.

    It seems like I have a leak, as I can see a constant flow/trickle of water down the inside of the pan.

    Then after a 5 to 10 minutes the toilet tops itself up and the cisten level has dropped.

    What I'm best when I call the plumber, should I pay the new parts for the plunger 1st if I can get hold of the parts?
  • CardewCardew Forumite
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    The plungers are usually standard. Unless they are heavily corroded they are simple to change. Turn off the water to the toilet - or tie/prop up the ballcock arm and see if you can change it yourself.
  • Hi cheggers

    It's a very easy problem to fix and can easily be done by someone with a little plumbing experience!

    If you can do it your self you would be looking at a few pounds, if you get a plumber considerably more!
  • W1zz wrote:
    Ghosts have to take a leak too you know. :eek:

    Nar, sorry, sounds like a leaking ballcock.

    :eek: I willy not tell a single living person about this then!!!! :eek:

    :silenced:
    ;)!!!!!!There are More Questions Than Answers!!!!!!:eek:
    :search: But I Just Don't Have Any Answers :idea:
  • Paul_HeatonPaul_Heaton Forumite
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    I have had the exact same problem.
    My syphon was a Roca unit.
    The reason is that deposits build up on the diaphragm that seals at the bottom of the unit. Dis-assemble and clean may help but replacement is an alternative.
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