LESLIE: Dorothy in Nebraska finds The Money Pit on KFOR and you’ve got a noisy toilet. What’s happening?
DOROTHY: We have more than one bathroom in the house but only one toilet makes the noise when it refills.
TOM: OK. That’s probably the fill valve, Dorothy. And inside the toilet there are two valves. There’s a fill valve and a flush valve. The flush valve is like the flapper that’s usually in the bottom of the tank and the fill valve is the other part that’s connected to the float.
Now the good news is that you could replace both of those valves for a grand total of about 15 bucks. There are different replacement parts that are out there; probably the most common one is made by Fluidmaster. It fits the widest variety of toilets; you know, available in any home center or hardware store in America. And Fluidmaster also has a video on their website that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do it. But it’s very simple to do and it actually is a do-it-yourself plumbing project. If you’re doing that kind of noise on the fill it’s probably the fill valve that’s wearing out and making that loud, screechy noise. OK, Dorothy?
DOROTHY: Right. So, it is – they do have an internet – go to Fluidmaster on the internet?
TOM: That’s right, Dorothy. Go to Fluidmaster.com. You can get information there and you’ll find these valves in almost every hardware store in America. They come in a green box. Put a bunch of them in myself over the years.
Dorothy, thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.