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Understanding and Repairing a Running Toilet

A Toilet

Even though you may not think too much about them, the toilets are an important part of your home and family's needs. With a simple flush, your toilet removes waste from your bathroom and your home. Of course, certain issues can affect the effectiveness and efficiency of your toilet.

A toilet that is constantly running has an issue inside the tank. In most cases, professionals can easily help you repair this issue. This guide will help you understand the dangers, causes, and repair options for a running toilet.

Likely Problems

One of the most likely problems associated with a running toilet is the annoying sound. Unfortunately, a running toilet can also affect the environment, your finances, and your home. A running toilet can waste a few gallons of water each day. This waste negatively impacts the environment by decreasing the planet's natural water sources.

The amount of water wasted by a running toilet can lead to high water bills as well. With today's homes having around three toilets, the amount of water waste and costs can really add up if each of these toilets are experiencing issues.

Finally, running water inside the tank could be an early sign that the toilet is failing. If your toilet breaks or overflows, the water could cause enormous damage that can lead to mold growth and costly repairs.

Potential Causes/Repair Options

An issue with the flapper is one of the most common causes of a running toilet. This rubber or plastic valve sits at the bottom of the tank, covering the drain hole that lets water in and out of the toilet.

Worn Flapper Valve

If the flapper valve is worn down or hard-water deposits have built up on the valve, water will likely move in and out causing your toilet to constantly run.

Remove the tank cover and flush the toilet to inspect the flapper valve. As your toilet tank empties, the valve should drop down, sealing the drain opening completely. If it does not cover the valve completely, consider replacing the flapper valve.

Defective Flapper Chain

The flapper chain may also lead to a toilet that is constantly running and wasting water. If the chain is too loose or broken, it will not allow the flapper valve to open and seal the toilet drain properly.

Remove the clip connected to the flapper valve so you can adjust the chain. If it is cracked or rusted, you'll need to replace it.

Damaged Flush Lever or Interior Assembly

If the flush lever or its interior assembly is in distress, your toilet may also run constantly. Remove the tank cover and watch the interior assembly as you flush the toilet.

If any parts of the flush lever or assembly get stuck while flushing, the flapper valve will not drop and seal the drain opening properly. This causes the water to run even after the flushing is complete.

Inspect the assembly for rust or corrosion, which may cause the pieces to get stuck mid-flush. Replace the entire flush assembly if you see any rust or corrosion.

If the flush assembly is wobbly, the connection of the assembly to the tank's interior may be too loose. If the screws are loose, tighten them with your hands or a screwdriver. If the screws are rusty, old, and worn, replace them to ensure the flush lever assembly is secured to the toilet tank.

Help is available if one or more of your toilets are constantly running. To diagnose and repair the underlying cause of a running toilet or other plumbing issues, contact Peter Piper's Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Service today.

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