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Unfortunate plumbing bill

February 8th, 2016 at 10:39 am

I had the best of intentions in trying to fix my leaky toilet yesterday.

I replaced the rubber flapper but i could hear the trickling of water leaking anyway and the water line continued to visibly drop until the whole thing tank filled up again.

I knew that if it wasn't the flapper, then it was beyond my ability to fix it, especially since I could not turn the water shut-off valve.

So I caved and had a plumber over here this morning. He explained that the generic rubber flapper I'd purchased for $6 at the local hardware store was defective and not really "universal" like the package claimed. He actually showed me an area of the seal that was very slightly curved up when it should have been flat, allowing water to trickle out.

The price I paid for the plumber was $110. It was an expensive and unfortunate incident. How would I have known it was a defective flapper? I assumed it was something else.

At the least, I'm going to return the flapper to get my $6 back, but I also plan to call "Korky" the manufacturer of the defective flapper. Not that they will refund me $110, but still.

I talked to Korky and the only thing she could do is send me another flapper.

3 Responses to “Unfortunate plumbing bill”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Ugh. That is super frustrating. One assumes the flapper in the package isn't defective. I would have ended up doing the same thing. And if for some reason you notice a problem with it in the next few days you can call the plumber as I assume this would be under warranty.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    We've had the same problem with those "will-fit" flappers. Stupid useless things.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    How very frustrating!

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