The Causes of Running Toilets and How to Prevent Them
Bathroom humor is some of the best humor out there! There are truly too many jokes to count. Some common favorites include “why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? To get to the bottom,” or “why couldn’t the toilet paper cross the road? It got stuck in a crack!” However, some jokes hint at real problems that toilets can have. For example, “don’t look now but the toilet is running!”
This joke is bound to cause a few chuckles, but a real running toilet is no joke. It can be a serious plumbing problem for many homeowners. Luckily there are a few ways to catch the signs of this problem before it gets to be the need for toilet installation or repair, which can result in big financial savings too!
Common Reasons Behind Running Toilets
Similarly to the flapper, if the float ball is misaligned, this is another common cause of running toilets. When the tank starts to fill, the ball rises with the water, which then closes the flapper and stops the water from filling. If this part is malfunctioning in any way, it prevents the flapper from closing completely.
A third common cause is an issue with the refill tube, which is responsible for replenishing the water in the tank. This tube should always remain above the water level, but if it doesn’t, the toilet will start to run. A worn-out gasket could also be the cause. The gasket is the seal between the tank and the toilet bowl. When this becomes worn, then additional water will enter the bowl causing it to run.
How to Fix a Running Toilet
The fix depends on the cause. Depending on what’s causing the toilet to run will determine what solution will be effective. Sometimes a running toilet can be fixed by a homeowner. This often involves some troubleshooting and trying to adjust the different components of the toilet that may be misaligned.
However, this often ends up being just a temporary fix. The most effective and best long-term solution is to hire a professional plumber to fix the problem. A trained professional will be able to properly identify the problem as well as the best solution. This may involve a minor adjustment if a component is loose or misaligned. Or if something is aged and worn out, a plumber will have the necessary parts and skills to replace that component quickly and accurately.
Tips for Preventing Running Toilets
Regularly checking the various components of the toilet tank will help homeowners notice the parts that are worn out and need to be replaced before the toilet starts to run.
Make sure that the flapper seals properly and that the fill valve stops and the appropriate level. Doing this on a regular basis, about every six months will help homeowners prevent running toilets and save money on potential repairs.
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