It has happened to everyone and rather than call a plumber for toilet problems why not fix it yourself? Here are a few tips for repairing common toilet problems.
How to Fix a Running Toilet
Perhaps one of the most common toilet problems (and the most annoying) is a running toilet. This occurs after you flush your toilet; it continues to run water through the tank even after it fills with water. How to a fix a running toilet is a rather simple process. A running toilet is caused by several different problems, all within the tank.
How to fix a running Toilet - Too Much Water
After opening your tank lid, simply check the water level. If the water level is too high, water will continue to fall into the overflow pipe. Simply take a cup and empty some water until the water line is just below the top of the overflow pipe.
How to fix running toilet - Float Problems
Examine the float in the tank. If there is a hole or it is damaged in any other way it may not be functioning properly causing water to run through. The float is the device that tells the toilet there is enough water in the tank when refilling. If it does not do its job, than your toilet most likely will continue to run through. If your float is damaged than you will have to purchase a new one to replace it.
How to fix a running toilet - Lift Chain Connection
Another possible cause for a running toilet is your lift chain. It maybe disconnected from the flap or the float. If this is the case, than simply reattach the chain to the proper length and test it to see if your toilet stops running. If your chain is damaged, simply replace the lift chain. This is a very minimal cost repair.
How to fix a running toilet - Flapper
The final possible cause for a problem maybe that your flapper has broke. Your flapper is at the bottom of the tank. It opens and closes when you flush the toilet causing water to flow into the bowl. If it’s broken or doesn’t close tightly, water will constantly run through into the bowl, causing the refill device to run constantly. If this is the case than you will most likely have to purchase a new flapper.
The next time you hear the annoying sound of a constantly running toilet, you will be armed with all of the knowledge on how to fix a running toilet yourself. If you need parts or more information on how to fix a toilet, check out your nearest Bloedorn Lumber location or our online store.