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How to Identify & Fix a Running Toilet

How to Identify & Fix a Running Toilet
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Have you ever noticed water continuously running in your toilet, even when it hasn’t been flushed?

It can be an incredibly frustrating experience and could be costing you extra money on your water bill. But the good news is that most running toilets aren’t too difficult to identify and fix with a bit of DIY know-how.

In this blog post, Western Rooter & Plumbing will explain how to identity and address the issues causing a running toilet before contacting the professionals. So if you’re feeling up for the task, read on as we break down how to solve one of homeowners’ common plumbing nightmares!

Identifying the Problem – Understand the Signs of a Running Toilet

Most of us have experienced a toilet that won’t stop running. While it may seem like a minor annoyance, a running toilet can actually waste a surprising amount of water and lead to higher bills.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to identify this problem and put a stop to it. Look out for signs like constant water sounds, unexplained increases in your water bill, and a toilet that continues to run after it’s flushed. If you notice any of these indicators, it’s worth taking the time to investigate and fix the issue.

At the end of the day, understanding the signs of a running toilet is a small but important step towards saving both your wallet and the environment.

Causes of a Running Toilet – Common Reasons for a Toilet to Constantly Run

One common reason for a constantly running toilet is a faulty flapper.

This small piece at the bottom of the tank can become worn or misaligned over time, causing water to continuously flow into the bowl.

Another culprit could be a faulty fill valve, which regulates water flow into the tank.

Whatever the cause, our team of plumbing experts can quickly diagnose and fix the issue, keeping your toilet running smoothly while conserving water and saving you money on your water bill.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing a Running Toilet – How to Successfully End the Annoyance and Water Waste

Before you call in a professional, consider taking a DIY approach with our step-by-step guide to fixing a running toilet. Our approachable and informative guide will provide you with all the information you need to successfully end the annoyance and the water waste that comes with a running toilet.

So roll up your sleeves, grab your tools, and let’s get to work- you got this!

Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Materials

Before you begin, ensure you have the following tools and materials:

  1. Adjustable wrench
  2. Screwdriver
  3. Replacement flapper (if needed)
  4. Replacement fill valve (if needed)

Step 2: Turn Off the Water Supply

Locate the water supply valve behind or beside your toilet. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water supply to the toilet. Now, flush the toilet to drain the water from the tank.

Step 3: Remove the Tank Lid

Take off the toilet tank lid and set it aside in a safe place where it won’t get damaged.

Step 4: Check the Flapper

Examine the flapper at the bottom of the tank. If it appears worn out or damaged, it may be the cause of the running toilet.

Step 5: Adjust or Replace the Flapper

If the flapper is misaligned, readjust it. If it’s damaged, unhook it from the overflow tube and remove the chain from the flush lever. Attach a new flapper in place and rehook the chain.

Step 6: Check the Fill Valve

Inspect the fill valve. If water continues to flow into the overflow tube once the tank is full, the fill valve might be the issue.

Step 7: Adjust or Replace the Fill Valve

Adjust the float to change the water level. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to replace the fill valve. To do so, unscrew the fill valve, remove it, and replace it with a new one.

Step 8: Turn the Water Supply Back On

Turn the water supply valve counter-clockwise to restore water to the toilet. Allow the tank to fill.

Step 9: Test the Toilet

Once the tank is full, flush the toilet to see if it’s still running. Listen for any running water when the tank is full.

Step 10: Replace the Tank Lid

If everything is working properly, put the tank lid back on.

Know When to Call in a Professional – When DIY Solutions Won’t Work

Sometimes DIY solutions just won’t cut it. That’s when it’s important to know when to call in a professional.

Trying to fix something you’re not equipped to handle could not only exacerbate the problem but could also put yourself in harm’s way. Our team of experts is here to help, offering timely and affordable solutions to all your household problems.

So don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to make your life easier!

Benefits of Hiring an Expert – How Professional Plumbers Can Help You Save Time and Money

When you’re dealing with plumbing issues at home, it’s tempting to try and fix them yourself to save a bit of money.

However, tackling plumbing problems without the necessary expertise can often lead to costly mistakes and hours of frustration. That’s where hiring a professional plumber comes in. Not only do they have the know-how to fix any issue, but they also have access to tools and equipment that most homeowners don’t.

By hiring an expert, you’ll save time and money in the long run, as they can diagnose and resolve the problem quickly and efficiently. Plus, a professional plumber can also offer helpful advice to prevent future problems and keep your plumbing system running smoothly.

So, don’t hesitate to call in a pro the next time you’re faced with a tricky plumbing situation – it’ll be worth it!

Final Thoughts

For many, the noise and expense of a running toilet are beyond annoying. When homeowners try to take things into their own hands, they can often overlook the underlying cause that is driving the issue.

If putting in time and effort leads to failed solutions, then calling a professional plumber may be the best course of action.

Professional plumbing services have knowledgeable teams equipped with the best tools to handle these issues quickly and efficiently.

At Western Rooter & Plumbing, we understand how much a running toilet can disrupt day-to-day life. That’s why we strive to provide fast and reliable service that restores both normalcy and peace of mind. Not only does it give you back your sense of security, but investing in expert services also injects confidence in your home’s longevity.

Put an end to your runaway toilet woes for good – contact Western Rooter & Plumbing today!

John, Larry, Mike, owners of Western Rooter & Plumbing

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