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Old 02-25-2018, 06:48 AM   #1
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Toilet Ball Seal Leak Fix

The ball valve in my toilet was leaking the bowl water.

Background:
Electric toilet - brand and modes doesn't really matter; they are all pretty much the same.
We full time, so it gets used all of the time.
Seal appeared to be in good condition, flexible, no tears or damage.

Tried lubing the ball and seal with Toilet Seal Conditioner, coconut oil, and other fixes that others have listed - no joy.

Tried cleaning the seal various ways. Leaked more slowly, but, still leaked.

The original owner of the coach left plenty of spare parts for me, including a toilet seal. This was great foresight. I have found that the toilet manufacturers stop selling the seals, or run the price to >$100.00 for a piece of rubber once they supercede the toilet model. But, I just didn't feel like pulling the toilet to replace the seal. Not a pleasant job.

One day, when using white vinegar to descale the cats water fountain, I considered that hard water scale could cause the toilet leak. Doing some reading in the manual, I found that this could be the case.

I added some vinegar to the empty bowl and cycled the ball several times using the "service mode". did this a couple of times to make sure that the ball and seal were well coated with vinegar. Put a couple of inches of vinegar in the bowl, and did this several times over a couple of hours. Then, used a soft brush to clean the bowl and bottom of the seal. Retreated the seal with Seal Conditioner. SUCCESS.

This will now be a regular maintenance item.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:19 AM   #2
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Great tip! Sounds like the previous owner didn't keep a small amount of water in the bowl. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:58 AM   #3
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There was always water in the bowl. We had been using the coach for over a year. The bowl would occasionally leak down, but a cleaning normally took care of the issue.

I think we stayed a few places with hard water, and in the high desert where low humidity is prevalent.
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