Sorting Out Your Own Plumbing Issues

« Back to Home

3 Ways To Fix A Running Toilet

Posted on

Your toilet is an integral part of your home. You want to make sure your toilet is in top working order at all times. The last thing you want is for your toilet to stop functioning properly, especially if you only have one toilet in your home. One of the common problems many homeowners report with their toilet is that it won't stop running. If you can't seem to get your toilet to shut off, here are a couple things that might be to blame.

Fill Height Needs Adjusting

If the adjustable float isn't set right, it can cause problems with your toilet. Being too high causes water to constantly run, while being too low causes your toilet to struggle to flush properly. Check for the full mark inside of your tank and adjust your float accordingly. You want the water to stop at the full mark. It might take a bit of adjusting to get it right, so you have to be patient and willing to experiment with levels.

Something is Wrong with the Fill Tube

Take the lid off the tank and locate your fill tube. This small tube runs along the overflow tube to the fill valve. As the tank refills with water, the tube pushes enough water into the overflow to refill your toilet bowl after flushing. If your tube ends up falling off or the water doesn't make it into the overflow, your bowl isn't going to be able to fill up properly and your next flush isn't going to have enough strength to push everything through. You have to reattach your fill tube and try flushing the toilet again. Watch the water to make sure it goes down okay.

Your Flapper is Bad

To replace the flapper, you need to turn the water off to the toilet. Remove the old part and take it with you to get a replacement. Your flapper should fit securely over the overflow tube. If you aren't able to find the exact model that you have, choose the closest one possible. Universal ones work just as well. They don't cost very much, so you might be better off buying both and seeing which one is going to work the best.

If one of these things doesn't seem to be the problem, you need to turn to the help of a licensed professional. Hiring a plumber can save you a lot of hassle and headache in trying to identify the problem and restore your toilet to proper working order. Allowing the toilet to run continuously is going to end up costing you a fortune on your water bill. Make the call and put an end to the running today.

Contact a service like RK Knight Plumbing for more help.


Share