Toilet Flappers

Time to Flip Your Flapper

A leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day!  The good news is that it is often a simple fix to stop the leak.  The toilet flapper - the plug that falls against the drain hole inside the tank and holds water in until the toilet is flushed - can become bent or chipped.  By replacing the flapper to stop the leak, you instantly save water and money.  Replacing a flapper is a simple anA sad cartoon toilet is crying because he has a toilet leak, making him a Blue Loud inexpensive repair most can do themselves.

Don't Have a Blue Lou:  Toilet Tablets/Dye Testing

A simple test to see if you have a bad flapper is to add dye tablets or food coloring to the back of your toilet tank.  Wait about 10 minutes, then check in your bowl.  Did food coloring seep into the bowl?  If so, you probably have a bad flapper.  Stop by the Water Business Office, Athens Hardware, or Normal Hardware to pick up free blue dye tablets.  Fun for the whole family!

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Put Your Toilet on a Pedestal  

Toilets are not something to take for granted. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector, and opportunity-maker. Proper sanitation saves lives, yet 3.6 billion people still lack access to a safe toilet. Without toilets, human waste spreads deadly diseases.  Put your toilet on a pedestal and keep it well maintained.  World Toilet Day is held every November 19 to raise awareness of the importance of toilets to ensure no one is left behind without sanitation.

Did you know a bad toilet flapper can waste hundreds of gallons of water daily? 

You may need a new flapper if:

  • Your toilet bowl is running (if you have to jiggle the handle to make it stop, your flapper is probably bad)
  • You touch the flapper, and it starts to fall apart or rub off
  • The eyelet hole (where the chain hooks into the flapper) is torn
  • You use chemical bowl cleaners
  • Do a dye test and see the dye in your toilet bowl (dye tablets available at Water Business Office, Normal Hardware, or Athens Hardware)
  • It has been at least five years since you flipped your flapper


Flip Your Flapper in November 2022

In recognition of World Toilet Day, the Water Conservation Office offers FREE toilet flappers to customers in November 

How do I get a new flapper?

  • When: Month of November
  • Where:
    • Normal Hardware, 1328 Prince Ave
      Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
      Sat., 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Athens Hardware, 1080 US-29
      Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • What:  2-inch & 3-inch universal-style flapper
  • How:  determine your flapper size: bring in your old flapper, measure the size of the drain in the toilet tank, or watch the video below to know what size you need
  • Fine print:  one flapper per customer while supplies last

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