• The float height needs to be adjusted
• There is a leak in the flapper and it needs to be replaced
• The refill tube needs to be shortened If your toilet remains broken, up to 25 litres of water can become wasted every day, and having an expert plumber inspect the situation for you is strongly advised, as your toilet could have other problems which require repair and maintenance. However, that does not mean you cannot examine your toilet yourself! Until the problem can be fixed, here are a few things you can do. Note: Though we’re suggesting a few DIY ways to tackle this problem, we strongly recommend giving us a call and leaving it to the professionals.
Lower the float
One of the most common reasons for a running toilet after flushing is the overflow of water leaking from the tank into the bowl. Overloaded tanks cause this problem. By adjusting the height of the float, you can adjust the water level. A toilet’s float arm can be adjusted to lower the water level by loosening or tightening the screw. If your toilet has a column float attached to a fill valve, it should be lowered by loosening the screw or clip, pushing down the float, and tightening it all back up.
The flapper leaks and needs a replacement
An old flapper requiring replacement is probably the most common cause of a running toilet. In older flappers, the seal does not work correctly, and water constantly flows into the toilet bowl. Replacing the flapper is as simple as removing the old one and replacing it with a new one from the hardware store. Detach the chain and remove the flapper from the pins on the overflow tube side to remove the old one. Connect the chain to the pins and attach the side to the chain. Make sure the tank is drained before you replace the flapper. To drain the water from the toilet, turn off the water supply and flush the toilet. It may be necessary to shorten the chain on a new flapper if the chain is too long. In the case of a long enough flapper, you will not get a good seal, and the toilet will continue to flush.
Shorten the refill tube
There’s also a possibility that your running toilet is due to an overly long and improperly positioned refill tube, which pumps water continuously into the bowl. You can shorten a refill tube by pulling it out of the overflow and holding it just above the opening. You can then cut off the excess tube there, and clip it to the overflow tube. Due to a suction effect, the refill valve will cause the toilet to run when you use it.
Are toilet leaks costing you time and money? We can help.
Your toilet is one of your home’s most essential fixtures, and home toilet repairs can run the gamut from a minor annoyance to a severe issue. The potential damage to your floors and subfloor can be extremely costly. It’s always best to have your toilet repaired as soon as problems appear, as you’ll avoid the issue getting any worse. If any of these issues appear to be occurring, then it’s time to get your toilet repaired immediately. Not only can it cost you money, but it can cost the environment too because around 25 litres of water per day can go to waste if your toilet remains broken. Luckily for you, Endpoint Plumbing has over 10 years of experience helping people just like you with their toilet repairs and replacements. No job is too big or small for us, and we take the utmost pride in getting your “throne” back in premium order. The cistern may be leaking into your toilet bowl without you even being aware. You can test this out quickly and easily yourself by putting food colouring into the cistern then waiting 30 minutes. If colour appears in the bowl, you have a leak. Whatever problem you’re experiencing, it’s a case of the sooner the better when it comes to toilet repairs. Endpoint is ready to provide you with the friendly, professional and efficient service you deserve. Contact Endpoint Plumbing and speak with our experts today! Place another order with this writer