April 25, 2014 by misterplumber
A running toilet won’t leave any significant damage, but it sure can be annoying. Often people will let the issue linger for weeks and continue to be woken up by the sound. There are several things you can do to remedy the situation, which I will explain below.
However, if these tips don’t work, make sure to call a professional Toronto plumber.
1. Flush a Few Times
First remove the tank lid and flush the toilet a few times. You will notice a chain that lifts a flapper and allows a tankful of water to fall through the opening in the bottom. The water level will drop and the flapper drops while closing the opening. A plastic float will drop as the water drains which is connected to a valve. This valve allows water into the tank when the float is down and stops. In the middle you will notice an overflow tube that drains water out into the bowl if it gets too high.
2. See if the Flapper is Open
If you notice the tank not full or filling, the flapper is most likely stuck open. You should grab the flapper with your hand but if it stick repeatedly, then you will need to find the cause. For instance, the flapper could be catching on the drain or perhaps the flapped wedged open is on its hinge.
3. Where is the Water?
When there is not enough water in the tank, this can cause the toilet to run. Check to see if the water is at the water line and to see if the water valve in on all the way. If you find that the water valve is not on all the way, turn it on and the water should begin to fill up.
4. Adjust the Valve & Float
The float is essentially the big ball at the end of a rod and controls the valve that fills the tank after a flush. There is also a donut-shaped float that slides up and down on the overflow tube. Check the float to see if it is leaking. If it is, you must replace it. You can make this purchase at a hardware store and it’s generally inexpensive.
5. Food Coloring Test
A handy little tip is to pour a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank and wait a couple minutes. If the food coloring is in the toilet bowl, this means the flapper is not sealing and needs to be replaced.
Rather than wait and put up with the running toilet, try the quick tips above. If those don’t work, call a Toronto plumber to come in and get the job done quickly. Since a running toilet is basic issue, it’s a pretty inexpensive process.
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