If you find that your toilet is constantly running, you could be wasting gallons and gallons of water each and every day. You can prevent this from happening and lower your water bill by doing a little bit of investigating and finding and fixing the problem.
of the time, the problem is either the float ball, inlet valve, or tank
flap inside your toilet. These are the devices in your toilet that
regulate how much water is let in and out, and tell the toilet when to
stop filling up.
by lifting the lid off of the back of your toilet. Find the float ball
(usually a plastic ball that is floating) and inspect it. Is it sitting
on the bottom? Is it stuck against something? If the answer is yes to
either of these questions, we’ve found the problem. Your float ball
should be free to move up and down as the water level rises and lowers
in your tank. If it’s stuck against something or not floating, it can’t
properly regulate how much water is in the tank. If the toilet doesn’t
know how much water is in there, it will continue to run and fill the
tank because nothing is telling it to shut off.
the float ball appears to be working properly, the issue might be with
your inlet valve. The inlet valve is the mechanism that controls the
water coming into your tank. Occasionally this device can get mineral
deposits built up inside of it, which can cause water flow issues for
your toilet. If this happens, you simply need to clean out the seal at
the top of the inlet valve and remove all mineral deposits. If the seal
is deformed or broken, you will need to replace it by purchasing a new
one at any home improvement store.
the problem not be the float ball or inlet valve, check the tank flap
at the bottom of the tank. The tank flap is a piece of rubber that plugs
the tank’s drainage hole. When you flush, this flap lifts up and lets
the water in the tank drain out. It then goes back into position and
plugs the hole to allow the tank to fill up again. If the tank flap
doesn’t sit properly, is deformed, or ripped it will not properly seal
the hole. When this happens, water leaks out of the tank. Since the
water level is going down from the leak, your toilet will run in order
to re-fill it. You can easily fix this problem by purchasing a new tank
flap at any home improvement store.
If none of these appear to be your problem, or you don’t think you can handle the fix, call Dauenhauer Plumbing and we’ll be glad to inspect your toilet to find and fix the problem.