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Why Is My Toilet Running So Long?

There are certain plumbing problems that homeowners feel compelled to have resolved as soon as possible, such as big water leaks that threaten to flood the lowest level of the home. Others, though, such as dripping faucets or running toilets, may be given more leeway.

In many cases, however, they are given far more leeway than they should be, sometimes to the point of neglecting the issue altogether. While a running toilet may at first seem like little more than a minor annoyance, though, you should keep in mind the fact that you are wasting serious amounts of water in letting your toilet run, and that you are indeed paying for that wasted water.

The Fixes Are Often Quite Straightforward

When you call a professional plumber to evaluate your running toilet and to resolve the problem, the job will likely be completed quite swiftly. There are a number of reasons why your toilet may be running. Some of the more common causes are listed below, and our bathroom plumbing professionals can resolve them successfully for you.

A problem with your overflow tube may be to blame. The fill tube runs from the fill valve to the overflow tube, and the fill tube disperses enough water over the overflow tube to refill the bowl after the toilet is flushed. If this tube is compromised, or the water stream does not hit the overflow tube properly, your toilet bowl won’t fill sufficiently. This will prevent the next flush from developing a strong siphon.

The adjustable float may also not be at the right height in the toilet tank. This float valve controls the water level in the tank. If it is set too low, then you may experience a weaker flush than you should, while a float valve that is set too high can result in water spilling into the overflow tube, and the fill valve won’t shut off. This causes the water to run continuously.

The flapper in your toilet may be worn out, as well. The flapper in the toilet tank should be able to move freely up and down, but it also needs to be able to make a good seal. If not, then your toilet is going to continue to run, as water makes its way through the subpar seal provided the misaligned, degraded, or improper flapper.

Be sure to contact  Pipeworks Inc. for quality bathroom plumbing services in Bloomington, IL.

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