A toilet that runs non-stop is an annoying problem that homeowners commonly face. And no question, there are a number of plumbing problems for which you need to call in the experts straight away. However, this pesky problem is one that can be solved with a little old-fashioned elbow grease and DIY know-how.
There are only a few likely causes behind your running toilet. So, by the process of elimination, here are some common problems and suggestions as to what you can do about them.
Fix the Flapper
The rubber flapper is what opens and closes, controlling water flow when you flush the toilet. As the flapper ages, the rubber can crack and break, or the seal around the flapper can become loose. In both cases, it means that water will continue to flow even when it is supposed to have stopped.
You don’t need fancy diagnostic tools to figure this one out either. Press down on the flapper when you flush, and if the water stops- well, you know what you need to do.
Remove the flapper part and carry it with you to the hardware store. Get some help to find the right piece, and then re-install the following package instructions.
A Faulty Fill Tube
Another culprit could be a fill tube that’s not doing its job. Simply, a fill tube is an apparatus that siphons excess water in the tank after you flush. If the end is submerged, it can’t drain the water like it is supposed to. The result is water that constantly runs in the toilet.
Like you do with the flapper, pop this piece out and bring it with you to the hardware store to ensure that you’ve got the appropriate piece. You may be able to fix this problem without even removing the piece, simply by cutting the edge back so that it is properly exposed.
Adjust the Fill Level
Your toilet isn’t robotic, but it has simple mechanisms to control the fill height of the water in your toilet tank. If the water level runs too high, you can expect your toilet to be running constantly.
Depending on the age of your toilet, you are outfitted with either a ball float or a cup float. To reduce the level for a ball float, you can simply adjust the attached rod manually. If you’ve got a cup float, you can adjust its height by pinching the fasteners and sliding it down as much as you need to reduce the fill level.
As an extra measure, ensure that the fill valve is operating properly and is switched on all the way. It might need to be replaced, which is a quick in and out DIY job.
If your plumbing problem extends beyond the DIY realm, don’t be shy to ask for help. We’d love to have the chance to assist you with your plumbing problems. Call Affordable Plumbing, Rooter and Water Heaters in Scottsdale, AZ today.