If your toilet won’t stop running, it’s more than an inconvenience; constant flushing wastes water, driving up your bills. Luckily, you can easily find the source of the issue while waiting for the plumber to arrive. If you suspect any of these issues, save water by calling for help right away.
Why Toilets Run Continuously
The water in the tank should not flow into the toilet bowl unless you just pressed the flush lever. However, sometimes that constant running sound is the water leaking from the tank into the bowl. Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait an hour—without flushing it—before looking in the bowl. If the water has changed colors, it’s leaking. Often, this occurs when the flapper is worn down and doesn’t seal off the water in the tank properly.
Malfunctioning Float Valve
Toilets contain a float valve that sits on the water line in the tank and indicates when the toilet should stop filling. If the ball is not placed correctly, it may cause the tank to keep filling. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the float arm from the fill valve, and adjust the height by turning it clockwise to raise the water level or counterclockwise to lower it.
Unadjusted Toilet Chain
Your toilet has a chain that adjusts the flapper, which is the stopper between the water in the tank and the liquid in the bowl. Make sure the chain is attached to the flapper handle and is taut. If it’s too long, the flapper may not properly seal, which means it will leak water. Chains that are too short will not allow the flapper to close and can cause constant water exchange between the tank and toilet.
If your toilet is running constantly, it requires the attention of a professional plumber. Contact Fetz Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Champaign County, OH, to hire their Urbana-based team. The company has been in business for over 60 years, and they offer plumbing services like fixing toilet clogs and leaks in addition to HVAC services. Call (937) 652-1136 to schedule an appointment, and visit the website for information on their available inventory of plumbing fixtures and appliances.