Does your toilet flush really well, but doesn’t seem to know when to stop? If that is the case, you are wasting water, which means that you are wasting money.
You count on your toilet to be working efficiently, and when it doesn’t it can be a real nuisance. You can fix it, though. Even the most inexperienced DIY home handyman can tackle a running toilet if you follow a few simple tips.
One potential cause for your toilet to be running is a fill tube that is cracked or otherwise faulty. If the toilet continues to run, remove the lid from the tank. Check to see that the fill tube’s end is above the water in the tank.
It also has to be positioned over the top of the overflow tube. If it is somehow lodged within the overflow tube, the water may be redirected, which means the toilet won’t fill correctly, and the fill cycle will run on and off, which wastes a great deal of water and is noisy.
Are you wondering, what’s another common culprit behind a running toilet? It’s possible that the toilet tank isn’t filled to the right level.
If it’s not at the right spot, the toilet will continue to run. It’s an easy fix, though. Check to see if your water valve is on all of the way. If not, crank it up before you move on to other diagnostics.
To adjust the fill height, check the float. The float is the part of toilet that senses the water level and tells the pump when to turn on and off. Check to see if the rod attached to the float is connected. It may be as simple as reconnecting it. You may have to adjust the rod lower so that the fill height reduces. If you have a cup-shaped float, you may need to adjust the height by pinching the spring fasteners.
If your toilet continues to run, check to see that your flapper isn’t stuck open. The answer can be as simple as reaching in and shutting it with your hand.
If the flapper itself is damaged (they will crack over time) water filters through and continually fills the bowl. Remove the flapper and take it to your local hardware store. They can help you choose the right one, and it’s simple to slip it back in.
Sometimes, a little elbow grease is well worth the effort to fix an annoying running toilet or other troublesome plumbing problems. Sometimes, though, you need a qualified expert to help.