Fixing A Running Toilet

Fixing a Running Toilet

All of us should do our part to conserve water. One of the biggest contributors of water waste is a running toilet. Many of us tend to ignore a running toilet until we receive the water bill. Ignoring a running toilet can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water annually. It will also put a dent in your wallet.

There are several factors that could be causing a toilet to run. Below are the most common reason for a running toilet and ways to fix them:

The Flapper

The flapper is usually the most common reason for a running toilet. After flushing the toilet, if you notice water that continues to run the flapper is more than likely the culprit. If this occurs, lift the lid off of the toilet, and push down on the flapper. This will close the flapper. If the problem persists check the following:

  • Is the chain catching itself to the flapper? If so shorten it.
  • Has the hinge of the flapper come loose? If so reattach it.
  • Does the flapper align with the opening? If not adjust it.
  • Is the flapper seal worn? You may need to replace it.

If you have to replace the flapper first turn off the water valve to the toilet. Next flush the toilet to empty the excess water from the tank. Remove the flapper by detaching it from from the chain, and pop it from the hinges.

Make sure you purchase the correct flapper to replace the old one. To install the new flapper follow the above process in reverse. Once completed, turn the water back on and test the flapper by flushing the toilet and make adjustments to the chain length as needed.

The Valve and Float

Though the flapper is the most common culprit for causing a toilet to continuously run, the valve and float might also be a contributor. Below are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Does the float seem to be low? Try pulling it up with your hand. If this does the job and stops the flow of water, manually adjust the float level. Adjust it around one inch from the very top of the overflow tube.
  • Does the float ball have a hole? If so it may be waterlogged and causing the water to overflow, even if everything else is functioning correctly. You will want to replace the float ball by.
  • Does pulling up on the float ball do nothing to stop the water from running? If this occurs you may be in need of a new refill valve assembly. We recommend you turn off the water valve to the toilet and contact a Jacksonville Plumber. 

Calling a Plumber in Jacksonville

We highly recommend calling a plumber for any toilet related issue. However in the event you attempt to do-it-yourself and still are unable to remedy the running water, contact Metro-Rooter today. One of our highly experienced plumbers will come out and address your running toilet. They will also be able to inspect your toilet and let you know if anything else is an area of concern and may need to be addressed.  Since 1978 Metro-Rooter has been helping homeowner and business owners with all of their plumbing and septic needs. Call us today if your toilet is in need of repair or any plumbing emergency (904) 695-1911.

Is Your Toilet Running?

We’ve all heard the bad joke, “Is your refrigerator running?” But what happens when it’s your toilet in question? If your toilet is running with no indication as to why then you could be wasting more money and water then you think. Just how much? A running toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month. It’s time to diagnose the cause of that running toilet before you throw any more money down that drain.

A running toilet could be caused by one or more of the following issues:

  • Sticky flush valve. Does the water continue to run after you flush and until you wiggle the flush handle up and down? The problem may be the link between the flush handle and tankball.
  • Sticky tankball or flapper valve. The tankball or flapper valve is sticky if isn’t falling into the drain properly.
  • Floatball problems. A misadjusted or damaged floatball could be the cause of water dribbling into the toilet tank, running out the overflow tube into the toilet bowl, and entering into the drain.
  • Ballcock problems. A ballcock that doesn’t close completely is an additional probable cause of a leaking toilet.

Diagnosing a running toilet can be tricky, especially if you have little experience in plumbing repair. To get the quickest results in treating your running toilet, contact the qualified plumbers at Metro-Rooter. We’ll provide an on-site estimate, discuss the options with you, then work to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.