How to fix a running toilet

We flush. The tank fills. And then we hear – silence. But sometimes, that silence never happens. The toilet. just. keeps. running. Many times this incessant running means parts of the toilet are broken or malfunctioning. If your toilet is running, with no end in sight, don’t worry. We’re here to help.

1. Adjust the Water Level
The tank’s water level is decided by the height of the adjustable float piece. When the float is at too low of a height, the flush will be weak and might not flush all of the waste. However, when the float is set too high, water will constantly pour into the overflow tube and the fill valve won’t shut itself off. Adjust the height of the float accordingly to make sure the water level in the overflow tube is at the water level mark.

2. Fix the Flapper Chain
Attached to the flapper is a chain that needs to be a specific length in order for it to open and close during a flush. A flapper chain that’s too long will prevent the flapper from fully opening, shortening the flush. While on the other hand, a flapper chain that’s too short will prevent the flapper from fully closing, allowing water to continuously leak into the bowl. Make sure your flapper chain is in good condition and has the right amount of slack to get the job done.

3. Take a look at the Flapper
Each piece inside of the toilet tank should be inspected when the water continuously runs, especially the flapper. When the flapper is worn out or cracked, the result will be the same as if the flapper chain was too short. If there’s any damage associated with the flapper, head to the hardware store and pick up a replacement. Once you install the new flapper, make sure it creates a complete seal by giving it a test flush.

This should do the trick. Remember, a running toilet will send your water bill through the roof. And if you let it run long enough, it could cause a major leak. So don’t delay. If you have any questions about your running toilet, call your local Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.