Short life of flapper valve.....
I installed a Cadet-III in our upstairs bath in June of 2007. Recently the flapper valve started leaking, causing the toilet to partially re-fill two or three times a day.
I just bouhgt a new flapper today (only $5, so not too bad) but I am concerned by the short life of the rubber gasket on the original valve. The gasket has what feels to be blisters in the rubber (I will know more after I replace it tonight) which allows the water to leak past the closed flapper.
The counter-guy at the Plumbing Repair shop that sold me the replacement part (not available in local Big Box stores yet) said my problem is caused by chlorine levels in the water. Clearly not something I can control.
Anyone else having problems with short flapper gasket life?
Flush Valve Gasket Blisters!!!!!!
I changed out my flapper valve last night. The rubber ring gasket which seals the flapper valve had approximately (6) blisters on the sealing side. These blisters were the cause of my slow leakage and re-filling of the tank.
All blisters were arranged in a circle which corresponds precisely with the sealing surface on the flush valve. It almost looks as if there is a material incompatibility issue between the rubber gasket and the flush valve seat!
I tried to flip the gasket upside-down to use the back side too. Unfortunately, there is a raised lip on the inner diameter of the gasket that allows it to only fit one way into the flapper valve frame.
Korky makes a replacement flapper for the Cadet 3
Standard® Cadet® 3 Flapper
Round bowl in elongated box
I went out to install an elongated Cadet 3 toilet in Seattle yesterday.
I got out to the job, vacuumed the water out of the old toilet, and removed it to the plumbing van.
I then carried in the boxes with the new Cadet 3, one box marked "Elongated bowl"
Pulled the bowl out of the box, it was a round bowl.
Someone at the American Standard factory had put a round bowl, in an elongated box.
So, the next step, is return the round bowl at the wholesaler,
pull the new bowl out of it's box, and inspect to see if it's round or elongated before I make the round trip over the floating bridge into Seattle to finish the installation
Time added to my day?
2 hours I can't bill for.
How many plumbers out there are willing to donate 2 hours out of their day, because the factory is making mistakes?