How to Fix Your Running Toilet

At Rick’s Plumbing, we understand that a running toilet can be both an annoyance and a waste of water. If you’re dealing with a running toilet, it’s essential to address the issue promptly to prevent water waste and potential damage to your plumbing system. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to fix a running toilet.

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Step 1: Identify the Problem

The first step in fixing a running toilet is to identify the source of the problem. Typically, a running toilet is caused by a faulty flapper valve or a malfunctioning fill valve. The flapper valve controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl, while the fill valve regulates the tank’s water level.

Step 2: Check the Flapper Valve

Start by lifting the toilet tank lid and observing the flapper valve. If the flapper valve appears worn, warped, or damaged, it may not be creating a proper seal, leading to water leakage. To fix this, turn off the water supply to the toilet and drain the tank by flushing it. Remove the old flapper valve and replace it with a new one. Ensure the new flapper valve is properly aligned and creates a tight seal when closed.

Step 3: Inspect the Fill Valve

If the flapper valve is functioning correctly, the issue may lie with the fill valve. Check the fill valve for any signs of leakage or a faulty float mechanism. Adjust the float to ensure it sits at the appropriate water level, as indicated by the manufacturer’s instructions. If the fill valve is damaged or malfunctioning, it may need to be replaced. Consult with Rick’s Plumbing for professional assistance in selecting and installing a new fill valve.

Step 4: Clean or Replace the Flush Valve Seat

Sometimes, a running toilet can be caused by mineral deposits or debris accumulation on the flush valve seat. To address this, turn off the water supply and flush the toilet to drain the tank. Use a sponge or cloth to clean the flush valve seat thoroughly. If the seat is damaged or worn, it may need to be replaced to ensure a proper seal.

Step 5: Test and Adjust

After making the necessary repairs or replacements, turn on the water supply and allow the tank to fill. Observe the toilet for any signs of continuous running or leakage. If the issue persists, it may require further investigation or professional assistance from Rick’s Plumbing.

Contact Rick’s Plumbing For Assistance

Fixing a running toilet is a relatively simple task that can save you from water wastage and potential plumbing problems. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can identify and address the most common causes of a running toilet. However, if you encounter any difficulties or prefer professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Rick’s Plumbing at 203-874-6629. Our team of experts is ready to help you resolve the issue and ensure your toilet operates efficiently.