How to Fix a Running Toilet
Posted in Emergency Plumbing Services, on November 04, 2020
A running toilet is one of the most common plumbing issues, but ignoring the problem can seriously inflate your utility bills. Moreover, water wastage is another negative apart from the constant sound of running water. Luckily, instead of hiring plumbing services of Broward Plumbing for toilet repair services in Broward County, you can easily fix a running toilet with a little DIY. Try the following adjustments to stop your toilet from running...and running!
Fix the Flapper
A defective flapper is a usual culprit behind running toilets. It is the plastic cup within the tank which lifts to release water into the toilet bowl. Push the flapper down to check its working; if the water stops running, you’ve got a flapper problem. Turn off the toilet water valve and remove the flapper. You could give the stopper and plastic cap a good scrub and wash and try fitting it snugly over the hole. If the water still leaks, you’ll need to replace the flapper. You can call your local plumbing services or a trustworthy emergency plumber to do the job.
Adjust the Flapper Chain
The flapper chain connects the toilet handle with the flapper. If the chain is too long or short, it could be the reason behind your running toilet. You can simply adjust the chain yourself. Remove the tank cover and flush the toilet. If the chain doesn't raise the flapper fully, it is too short. Try moving the hook of the chain up a few links to get the right length. If the chain is too long, it will be almost under the flapper. You’ll also have a jiggling handle that works after a bit of fidgeting. Try cutting off a few links on top of the chain to adjust its length.
Adjust the Float
Your toilet’s float is attached to the fill valve and is suspended over the water. If it’s not positioned properly, it could cause the fill valve to add excess water and cause the water to rise above the overflow tube. So, the water tank keeps draining repeatedly. You can adjust a cup float manually by adjusting the screw connected to the fill valve arm. Turn the screw clockwise to raise the float and counterclockwise to lower it. A ball float can be fixed by bending its arm.
Check the Fill Tube
That’s the small, curved plastic tube connecting the main fill valve to the overflow pipe. The fill tube should always be above the water in the tank, even when the tank is full. If it is under the water, you can either cut off the excess length or manually bend the tube above the water.
Unfortunately, DIY adjustments may not fix all running toilet issues. If none of this works, you’ll need to call an emergency plumber from a reputed plumbing service like Broward Plumbing to diagnose the problem. Our expert certified plumbers have been fixing running toilets for years; we’ll get to the root of the problem and fix that leak for good!