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What to Do with a Running Toilet

Is your toilet running? Wait, you can stop looking out the window and panicking, we don’t mean sprouting legs and physically running—we mean constantly draining water. This kind of running can be a real drag, because it can influence your ability to use your bathroom while also being a massive waste of water that you end up paying for anyways!

The easiest thing you can do to fix a running toilet is to call a plumber. Plumbing in Champaign, IL can be complicated, and if you’re unsure of what you’re doing then you’ve got to be careful before you pick up the wrench and start unhooking things. A problematic leak that you cause when trying to fix your running toilet could make things ten times worse and ten times more expensive!

That being said, there are a few ways to narrow down the problem in your toilet and stop it from doing too much damage.

Preparing Your Bathroom

Obviously, like the good plumbers we are, you don’t want to make a mess of your bathroom while you’re working on it. If your toilet is running and won’t stop, it’s generally a good idea to gather some towels to place around your toilet while you get to the bottom of the problem. Any leaks or issues that spring can be cleaned up without producing more clean up work for you later.

Also, turn off the water and drain the toilet first. Before you can check for problems with the flapper or valve, which are some of the most common problems that cause a running toilet, you should definitely turn off the water. This will prevent more toilet running and will allow you to inspect your toilet for issues without wasting more water.

Check the Flapper

Go ahead and open the tank of your toilet. The flapper, appropriately named, is the small rubber plug located in the tank of your toilet. This is responsible for keeping the water in your toilet’s tank until you flush it. If you’ve got a hole in your flapper, or any problem that doesn’t let it plug up the bottom, your system will constantly leak water because the toilet can’t fill up. Buy a new flapper while the water is off and attach it to the chain that connects it to the flusher. If this doesn’t do the trick, keep reading.

Adjust the Tank Interior

If the flapper isn’t the problem but you’re positive the problem is in the toilet tank, it might be a variety of things. The chain that connects to the flapper, for instance, could be too short. This might make it impossible for the flapper to fully plug the toilet. Adjust the flapper’s chain appropriately.

Or, perhaps the float isn’t rising with the water level appropriately, and your toilet tank won’t stop trying to fill with water? This will require adjusting the float, which can be done by either purchasing a new one, or fixing the connection between the float and the lever.

If you’ve scoured your toilet tank for the problem but you’re just not sure—don’t panic. Call a professional plumber to accurately and efficiently diagnose the problem today!

Call someone who is up to the challenge of fixing your running toilet. Contact our team at Pipeworks Inc.

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