Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?

A running toilet is annoying and it can be the reason your water bill is higher than normal. So what is causing it to run? Let’s figure it out. 

  • You’ve probably noticed the little metal knob coming out of the wall next to the commode but aren’t sure what it’s there for. That is the water shutoff valve. And because you’ll be working inside the toilet tank, it’s probably going to be easier if you turn the valve off and then flush the toilet to remove the water from the tank. If you choose not to do so just remember before you go “ewww” the water inside the tank is pretty clean though you might feel more comfortable wearing gloves. Or you may want to clean the inside of your tank so dirt and germs aren’t a concern. 
  • One of the easiest problems to correct is a loose flush handle. When you remove the toilet lid you’ll see the handle is connected to a rod attached to a thin chain. A loose handle may cause additional slack to the chain which in turn prevents the flapper from sealing correctly. 
  • Or the chain may be snagged on another part of the toilet mechanism and will need to be unhooked and straightened. A broken chain will require a few more steps, but it too is a simple and inexpensive fix. 
  • If it’s not the handle or the chain the next step is to check the flapper itself. A worn-out flapper isn’t that difficult to replace, just make sure to take the old one with you to the hardware store so you can purchase the exact replacement. 
  • When there is too much water coming into the tank or if the overflow fill tube is not positioned correctly, the toilet may run constantly or randomly flush; an occurrence commonly known as “ghost flushing.” If the fill tube is no longer securely staying in the overflow tube a fastening clip purchased in the plumbing section of any hardware store will easily correct the problem. If that doesn’t stop the noise then try tweaking the tank water level by adjusting the float arm screw. If your toilet has a column float you will need to loosen the screw or clip and manually push the float down until the water is at the correct level. 

A running toilet the least of your home maintenance problems? No job is too large or too small for Closing Contractor. Give us a call today at 864-326-2640 and let Closing Contractor take care of all your home repairs and maintenance. And rest assured we continue to follow all recommended Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of both our employees and your family.  

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