The Flapper Valve : Issues and Solutions

What is a Flapper Valve? Why do I need to know about it?

With such a strange name it’s really impossible for the un-informed to guess this item, however some people may already be knowledgeable on the subject of the flapper valve. Those who don’t know what a flapper valve is, it’s vital part of your toilet. A flapper valve functions to ensure that water can flow in and out of the tank. Plumbing can be a confusing and troublesome topic for many, which is why it’s important to slowly build your knowledge of the simpler aspects that you can understand.

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With this image you may now know what a flapper valve is and maybe even why it’s so important. With a chain attached to the top of the rubber valve cover it works to open and close when the toilet is flushed. If your valve is broken or worn then you can have a constantly running water into the bowl. You can test this by finding a specialised dye at your local hardware store which you can place in the tank and if the bowl ends up with colour in it then you know there is a leak.

Luckily its quite easy to fix a problem with a flapper valve once you’ve detected the issues. If the flapper is the wrong size then you need to re-fit a replacement, you can find this out immediately by checking whether the valve is covering the entire hole (which creates the seal). Alternatively you may find that the flapper valve has eroded or deteriorated over time, in which case you’ll also need to replace it.

Basics of Replacement:

  • First you must find the appropriate size flapper valve from a hardware or plumbing store. ( there are many different models also so make sure you choose the right one)
  • You must turn of the water before you even begin any dismantling.
  • Remove the old flapper by unhooking the chain that’s connected to the toilet, then unhinge the rest of the flapper valve.
  • With the new valve you simply connect it in reverse to how you disconnected it. Hook up the chain from where you took it off and push the rest of valve into place (you should feel it connect if done correctly).
  • Make sure the chain isn’t too long, it should hang straight in connection with the valve, allowing it pull open easily after a flush. You should also ensure that when closed the valve seals the hole where the water flows through.
  • Test the functionality by flushing and then reconnect water if you’re satisfied.


If you don’t replace a flapper valve when it’s faulty then you can be wasting a lot of water and end up with further issues in the future. Some people may not be confident in delving into the issue of toilet troubles, if that’s the case then you should call A.W Swann Plumbing & Gas fitting.

Maintaining and Repairs Of A Picket Fence

If you have a wholesome picket fence surrounding the outskirts of your home or property then you’re probably still in love with it’s aesthetic presence. However due the fact that picket fences are made from wood/timber can be problematic when it comes to durability throughout the years.

Timber is prone to deterioration when affected by strong weather and dampness, which is hard to control. Fortunately if your picket fence is looking weak or deteriorating you can repair without needing to completely replace the entire structure. However there are also instances where your fence is broken or weak in many areas, which may indicate a new structure will be a better choice.

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Protecting The Life Of Your Fence?

If you’re looking at installing a picket fence on your property, all already have one, the idea of prevention is vital. Rather than needing to attend to a fence that’s deteriorating or broken it would be a lot better to prevent this issue. If you haven’t already thought about adding a stain and sealer to your picket fence then this should be at the top of list in terms of priority. With the right sealant added to your fence you can dramatically decrease the likely hood of rotting.

Most people will already consider and stain sealant due to aesthetics, as the right stain can add beauty to the fence.

Below are a few tips that can assist in picking the right sealant and application:

  • Before applying any sort of stain or sealant you need to ensure the wood is dry. If the wood isn’t dried out then it will not properly absorb the application.
  • Existing wood should be properly cleaned in order to get the best result for your stain
  • Read all sealant and stains carefully before applying to your fence. You’ll find there are many different types of products on the shelf, evens ones that include both stain and sealant properties.
  • Protect your natural surroundings near the fence by utilising tarp or sheets, as plants and grass may die if touched by these products.

Replacing Damaged Pickets:

In some cases the damage of your fence may be only on one or two pickets, maybe 3, which in most cases can be replaced without taking down the entire structure. All you need to know is what type of timber your picket is made from, or of you can source an extra picket that matches your fence. You’ll find that the local hardware store should have a variety of picket types available and may even be able to custom make ones that fit the current profile of your other ones.

Styles Include: Windsor, Gothic, Oxford, Acorn and More!

Some Handy Tips:

  • Your must safely take off the old picket before anything can be done. Use a claw, screwdriver and any other tool you have to unhinge the picket from the rest of the structure.
  • Make sure you’re wearing gloves to prevent any damage to your hands, including blisters.
  • Make sure you measure the gap sizes between the current pickets, and height in relation to the posts, it’s vital when aligning the new replacement picket.

You should use the assistance of a string line, which is easy to assemble with any type of string!



What if your picket fence is looking a bit worn overall?

Unfortunately rotting of a picket fence can occur even with the best form of prevention, and many times due to the bottom of the pickets receiving too much moisture over the years. Drastic weather will also contribute to deterioration of your fence, which is unavoidable. You’ll have to make a personal decision based on the health of your fence, or enlist the assistance of a fencing professional before deciding it’s fate.

If you do end up at the conclusion that you might need to install a new fence, or get professional repairs, you’ll find a local fencing business that may be able to assist. You can contact the team at Fencing Stirling- Mike’s Fencing and Gates, as they can assist with a variety of fencing needs.

Looking after a picket fence, or any timber fence, can be difficult at times. However if you make a regular effort to check it’s condition and complete some research you may be able avoid complete replacement, or deterioration.