First up is replacing a failed "ball-valve seal" in our toilet. Over the past week or so, the vacuum pump for our toilet has been running at odd times due to an air leak in the toilet bowl. Basically, the toilet works by sucking everything in the bowl out with a vacuum pump. When you flush the toilet, you break the vacuum seal, and everything inside instantly disappears (just like an airplane toilet). When you release the flush lever, the toilet seals and the vacuum stops. Recently, the toilet seal has begun to fail, causing the water in the bowl to slowly leak out, and once the bowl is empty, there is no longer an airtight seal, and the vacuum pump turns on.
Our toilet manual says that the seals need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years. And 3 to 5 years happened to fall on today, unfortunately. As it turns out, disassembling the toilet and replacing the seal was relatively easy. It was not, however, clean or enjoyable. Here is the old seal, properly disposed of in the trash can:
|Tired Ball-Valve Seal|
Stay tuned for part II...