A broken toilet can be a big problem, especially if your home has only one bathroom. Luckily, most toilet problems are easy to fix. If your toilet is constantly running, these solutions may help you get your toilet back in working order.
A toilet may run for many reasons, and the only way to fix the problem is to identify the cause. Knowing the way your toilet works can help.
When you flush your toilet, a chain pulls up the flapper at the bottom of the tank. The flapper is a piece of rubber that seals the hole connecting the tank to the toilet bowl, known as the flush valve. When the flapper lifts up, water rushes from the tank to the bowl.
The fill valve on your toilet tank is connected to a water supply line on one side and a float on the other side. The float is a balloon of air that rests at the top of the water in the tank. When the water is flushed from the tank, the float drops down, thus opening the fill valve, causing the tank to fill with water. When the tank is filled to the desired level, the surface of the water lifts the float and triggers the mechanism that closes the fill valve. This causes the water to stop flowing into the tank.
So now that you understand the way your toilet functions, let’s talk about the reasons that your toilet might run continuously without stopping.
If all this doesn’t work, replace the fill valve. Universal replacement fill valves are available for sale at hardware stores and home improvement centers. To replace the entire assembly, follow the instructions that comes with the fill valve.
At Terry’s Plumbing, we have years of experience helping homeowners with their broken toilets. We also sell replacement toilets! If you’ve tried everything and your toilet continues to run, contact us today for an appointment at 1-877-483-7797.