How to Fix "Jiggle the Handle"

How to Fix "Jiggle the Handle"You probably have a favorite restaurant that has been around for what seems like forever. It probably serves the best, most inexpensive food, but also has one of the oldest bathrooms you’ve seen. And yes, they actually have a sign above the toilet that says “jiggle the handle”.

While it makes the restaurant only seem like more of an authentic “hole in the wall”, you may not want to use that same solution at your own home this holiday season. Here’s a few tips to keep that embarassing moment from happening.

If you do not know what an amazing feat of human engineering exists underneath that lid on the back of the toilet, now is the time to take a look. Now flush the toilet and have a front row seat on what exactly happens between the handle and the flap.

Now jiggle the handle and see what doing that actually accomplishes. Was the chain getting in the way of the flap or is the float ball getting in the way? A small adjustment could be all it takes for the flap to do its job and the water to stop running when the tank is full.

If that doesn’t seem to solve the mystery for you, your flapper may need to be replaced. If you are comfortable with replacing it yourself, be sure to take note of how yours is attached (most attaches to the sides of the flush valve tube) and take a trip to your local home improvement store.

If that’s not a job you had planned on adding to your holiday chore list, give us a call. We love working with toilets and getting them into shape in time for holiday guests. Check out our money saving coupons and then give Rick’s Plumbing a call. If you need it quick, call Rick!