How to Adjust the Ball in a Toilet
The ball in the toilet is a water fill regulating device. Also known as the toilet float, it is as simple as it is effective, and has been a staple in toilets for decades. They are attached to a long metal rod that connects to the toilet fill valve. Newer model toilet valves have done away with the traditional toilet ball, but there are many toilets still made and still in use that use a toilet ball to regulate how high the water level fills into a toilet tank.
1. Remove the toilet tank cover and set it off to the side. Be careful. Most tank covers are made of ceramic and will crack if dropped.
2. Locate the toilet ball inside of the toilet. If the tank is full, it will be floating on top of the water opposite the side of the handle. If the tank is full and the ball has sunk, it is no longer useful and needs to be replaced. The floating ball regulates the water level inside of the tank. The higher the ball sits inside of the tank, the higher the water level will be. If the toilet is constantly running, the toilet ball is sitting too high in the toilet and needs to be lowered. If the ball sits too low in the tank and the flush is not adequate, the ball must be raised.
3. Adjust the toilet ball by turning a screw on the toilet valve. The ball rod connects into the toilet valve and this is where you will find an adjusting screw.
4. Turn the screw clockwise to lower the ball, and thus, lower the water level. By turning the screw counterclockwise, you will raise the ball and raise the corresponding water level.
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If you do not have a screwdriver,, grasp the toilet ball rod in your hands and slightly bend it upwards to fill the tank more. This will cure an inadequately flushing toilet. To cure a constantly running toilet, grasp the toilet bowl rod and bend it down slightly. This will lower the water level in the tank and stop the toilet from running.