Running Toilet Repair
Do you know how much water your toilet wastes each year? You’d be surprised! A running toilet is a common problem in homes and is incredibly easy to fix. Whether your toilet runs constantly or just once in a while, it’s important to get to the bottom of the problem. Sometimes a running toilet is a sign of a bigger problem. If you’re dealing with broken sinks, faucets, showers, tubs, water lines and drain in your bathroom, call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for professional running toilet repair and new toilet installation.
How to Fix a Running Toilet
For simple running toilet repairs, here are some DIY tips.
Check the flapper: Many times, the flapper gets caught on the chain and stays open, allowing water to flow continuously. The flapper may also not be sealed properly leading to tank leaks. Flappers are inexpensive to replace and available for purchase at local home improvement stores. If you want to learn how to replace your flapper valve, check out this handy video. Also, refer to the manufacturer instruction or directions on the packaging. This repair is straightforward and simple to complete. In most cases, it’s less than a 5-minute job. Lastly, pay attention to what type of flapper you have. Flappers are not 100% universal.
Common Toilet Repairs
Flush valve replacement: Sometimes toilet repair involves flush valve replacement. When there isn’t enough water in the tank, the toilet will continue to run. If the flapper is in good shape, the next repair to consider is with the flush valve. Check for this problem by determining if the water in the tank is reaching the water line. If the water is not at this line, double check that the valve is completely in the water all the way. Flush valve replacement kits can be purchased at home improvement stores inexpensively.
Fill tube repairs: While you’re checking the flush valve, look at the fill tube too. The fill tube is made from a flexible material that connects the fill valve to the overflow tube. When a fill tube goes bad, the toilet bowl doesn’t fill right. Usually, repositioning the fill tube so it is 1 inch above the rim of the overflow tube will solve this problem.
Float adjustment: An adjustable float in the water controls the water level in the tank. When levels are too low, the toilet produces a weak flush – too high and the fill valve won’t turn off. A properly working float is critical to ensure optimal performance. So, how do you determine if the float is good? With the lid of the tank, flush the toilet. Watch to see if the water hits the mark on the tank. Adjust the float up or down until the water reaches the mark perfectly.
Call for Professional Running Toilet Repair
Fixing a running toilet is one of the easier DIY-plumbing repairs. However, sometimes these simple repairs can cause major headaches. If you’re struggling with fixing a running toilet, give us a call. Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter is always happy to help with easy and complex bathroom plumbing repairs, replacement, and installation. Call us directly or schedule a service online!