When it comes to indoor plumbing, few fixtures play as important a role as the toilet. Your toilet can easily get rid of waste, but this valuable plumbing fixture can become a source of stress when it malfunctions.
A toilet that is constantly running can not only get on your nerves, it can also drain your bank account by causing your monthly water bill to rise. Being able to diagnose and repair a running toilet will help you keep your home's plumbing system in good condition.
Here are three steps that you can take to help prevent a toilet from running constantly.
Step 1: Check the Flapper
The first thing you should do when trying to determine why your toilet will not stop running is to lift the cover off the tank and check the flapper. A flapper is the hole through which water is transferred from the tank and into your toilet's bowl after each flush.
The flapper is kept covered by a plug that is attached to a chain. When the flapper mechanism malfunctions, water will continually run into your toilet's bowl. Be sure that the chain is straight and that there is nothing stopping the plug from opening and closing properly.
If your flapper mechanism is damaged, remove it and bring it with you to your local hardware store to find a replacement. A functional flapper should eliminate the constant water transfer that is associated with a running toilet.
Step 2: Adjust the Float
Once you have checked to ensure that your flapper mechanism is working properly, you can move on to the valve and float inside your tank if your toilet continues to run. The valve is the pipe that runs vertically inside your toilet's tank, and the float is the flat cylinder attached to the valve.
The float is responsible for regulating water levels within the tank. When the float is set too high, water levels can rise and put pressure on the float. In an effort to release this pressure, the float will trigger the tank to empty into your toilet's bowl.
If you have a ball cock float, you can adjust its height by loosening the screw holding it in place. If you have an adjustable float, you can adjust its height by pinching the clips that are securing it. Lowering the float should prevent the tank from overfilling and emptying into the bowl continually, allowing you to correct your running toilet with ease.
Step 3: Call the Plumber
If fixing the flapper mechanism and adjusting the float do not correct your running toilet, then the problem may be caused by old and failing equipment. Replacing your old toilet with a newer model may be your best option.
Replacing a toilet is a challenging task that can have serious negative health consequences if not completed correctly. Working with an experienced plumber will ensure that your new toilet is installed correctly, and it will also allow you to gain valuable knowledge and insight when it comes to replacing your old toilet.
A plumber will be able to conduct a thorough investigation of your existing fixture to determine if repairs can be made, and they will also be able to suggest possible replacement models.
A running toilet can be a real drain on your bank account. Taking steps to repair the flapper mechanism and adjust the float can be great ways to eliminate the constant loss of water from your toilet's tank. If you find that you need the help of a professional to address your running toilet problems, contact Brian Scroggins Plumbing and Drain Cleaning for assistance.