A toilet flush valve is a mechanism inside a toilet tank that controls the release of water into the toilet bowl when the toilet is flushed. The flush valve consists of a rubber or plastic flapper or a canister that is connected to the toilet’s flush handle by a chain or lift wire.
When the toilet is flushed, the flush handle is pushed down, which lifts the flapper or canister and allows water to flow from the tank into the bowl. The water in the bowl is then forced down the drain by the pressure created by the flow of water from the tank.
After the toilet is flushed, the flapper or canister falls back into place, sealing the opening at the bottom of the tank and preventing water from continuing to flow into the bowl. This allows the tank to refill with water in preparation for the next flush.
Toilet flush valves are an essential component of any toilet, and they come in various sizes and designs depending on the type of toilet and the manufacturer. They are relatively simple mechanisms but play a critical role in the efficient and effective operation of a toilet.
To measure a flush valve, you will need a measuring tape or a ruler. Here are the steps to follow:
- Turn off the water supply to the toilet and flush the toilet to empty the tank.
- Remove the lid of the toilet tank and locate the flush valve. The flush valve is usually located in the center of the tank and will be either a flapper or a canister type.
- Measure the diameter of the flush valve opening. To do this, measure the width of the opening at its widest point using a measuring tape or ruler. Measure from one side of the opening to the other, across the center of the valve.
- Measure the height of the flush valve. Measure from the bottom of the tank to the top of the valve.
- Check the manufacturer’s specifications for your toilet to ensure that the measurements you have taken match the recommended size of flush valve for your toilet model.
It’s important to choose the correct size of flush valve for your toilet to ensure proper flushing and to prevent water leaks. If you’re not sure about measuring the flush valve yourself, it’s always best to consult us directly to ensure that you get the right size and type of flush valve for your toilet.