Tips for Dealing with a Running Toilet
Of all the plumbing problems facing a homeowner, one of the most annoying is the ever-running toilet. It’s also one of those plumbing problems that can be very sneaky in terms of costing you lots of money. A running toilet means lots of wasted water- which means lots of wasted money.
As annoying as this problem is, it can be a pretty simple fix if you’re willing to take on a DIY project. As far as DIY goes, this rates in the beginner category, so you can do it! Here are some tips on how to get started and how to fix that running toilet once and for all.
Faulty Fill Tube
A toilet is comprised of a few simple parts that perform some important functions. That means that your culprit behind the running toilet can be limited to a few likely spots.
One suggestion of where to start is with the fill tube. The fill tube (which works with the overflow tube) is what will drain water down from your tank, should the water fill excessively. This is a part that can deteriorate over time.
Check first of all to see if the end of the tube is submerged (that could be the problem). You may be able to fix it just by cutting it back. If not, or if the tube is damaged or broken, unbolt if from outside the tank and get a new piece. It’s easy to re-install.
Maybe you Need to Adjust the Fill Level?
If your fill tube seems to be working just fine, you may want to adjust the fill level in your tank. There is a mechanism called a float that will determine at what level the float valve turns off (i.e. when the tank is appropriately full to flush properly, but have water stop flowing at the right time too). If you bring the fill level marker down, your problem may be solved.
If you have a ballcock float, you may just be able to manually adjust the arm so that the level changes. If it is stubborn, remove it first, because you don’t want to break it. If you have a cup float (more common in newer toilets) see if you can pinch the spring clip and slide the float down the rod to make the water level lower.
Flapper Needs Fixing
The flapper is a bit like it sounds: a flap that opens and closes to regulate the water flow through the toilet. If your flapper is broken (or if the seal around it is compromised) that isn’t going to happen. Inspect the flapper for rips or tears.
Another way to test its integrity is to place pressure with your fingers. If the water flow stops, you’ve solved your problem.
Simply remove the piece and bring it with you to the hardware store. They’ll help you find the right piece. When you get home, you just follow the instructions on the package.
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