Conserving water is now a thing. But how can you save water—and money—if your toilet keeps on running water even after it flushes? Most of the time, homeowners just leave this problem be and think that only a few amount of water is being wasted anyway.
But did you know that when your toilet keeps on running all throughout the day, you are wasting more than 100 gallons of water per day? This may even be more than the actual amount you are using whenever you flush your toilet!
This may be the reason why your water bills soar up high no matter how you much you try conserving water around your household. A toilet that keeps on running is commonly caused by problems with the flapper, tank ball, floater, or the intake valve.
If your toilet is becoming the culprit in wasting water, fret no more! This article will discuss with you the reasons why your toilet keeps on running and will help you find ways to solve this.
How to Identify the Cause of Toilet Running Water
Before trying to fix and stop your toilet running water, it is important to identify and understand the cause. Doing so will let you address the problem easier and quicker.
To identify the cause of running water, do the following steps:
Take your toilet tank lid off and flush. In doing this step, you will be able to see if all the mechanisms of your toilet are working properly.
When you push your toilet’s flusher handle, the chain should lift the flapper which then lets the tank of water fall through from the opening at the bottom. As the water level goes down, the flapper should drop and close the opening to prevent water from running out.
After doing this step and you are able to identify what part of your toilet is not functioning well, then it is now time to do try and repair your toilet mechanism.
How to Get Your Toilet to stop Running
Replace a deformed toilet flapper
If the toilet flapper at the bottom of your toilet that blocks the whole which prevents water from going down is damaged, then it can no longer hold in water effectively. Water will continue to seep through the flapper and cause water to continue running out and refilling the tank.
If you have a faulty or defective toilet flapper, you can purchase a replacement at your nearest home supply. It would be better to remove your old toilet flapper so you can bring it with you to make sure that you are purchasing the right size and shape for your toilet.
Make sure that you turn off your toilet’s water valve before removing the flapper since this will only cause more water to be wasted.
After connecting the new flapper and adjusting the chain to its right length, turn the water on and see if the flapper is now able to prevent water from leaking through.
Fix your toilet flapper’s length
Sometimes, the problem can simply be with the chain that connects the flush lever and the toilet flapper. You can see that the chain is too short if the flapper is continuously pulled even when the flush lever is already at rest. If this is the case then you should replace the chain with a longer one that has the right length needed between the lever and the flapper.
If the chain is too long, on the other hand, you can simply adjust the clip at the right length of the chain. A chain that is too long is prone to get tangled in itself or with the other parts of your toilet’s mechanism. Also, a chain that is too long won’t lift the flapper all the way up so flushing won’t be as effective.
You should also take note if your flapper has a floater attached to it. If this is the case you should ensure that it is loosely floating on the surface of the water. It may be the case that the floater is tugging the flapper up which releases water out. You can move the floater up the chain or remove it if this is the problem.
Adjust your toilet’s water tank level
If the water in your tank is constantly overflowing into the tube in the toilet tank, this means that the fill valve should be adjusted. This is because the floater in your tank is at a much higher level than is required so it keeps on letting water in.
To do this, simply turn the screw on the top of the fill valve which adjusts the floater in the tank. Doing this will let the toilet to stop filling at about 0.5 to 1 inch below the top of the overflow tube. After adjusting the valve, flush your toilet again and see if the filling of water has been adjusted.
Check the float ball
Sometimes, the problem is with the float ball. Your toilet’s float ball is meant to stop water from filling the tank when it has reached the right level. Check if the ball floater is still floating at the right level. If not, you may need to readjust the rod that connects the ball float to the water valve.
How to Prevent Toilet Water Running
After you have fixed your toilet water running, you should try to avoid this from happening again. Here are a few tips to prevent toilet water from running:
- Make sure that the water source pipe is turned on correctly. If the water source is letting too much or too little water, this can affect the functioning of your toilet’s flushing mechanism.
- Regularly clean the insides of your toilet tank, especially your flapper. Cleaning it with soap and water can remove mineral buildup that occurs over time. Cleaning it regularly can prolong the life of your toilet’s flushing mechanism.
In following these simple steps to stop your toilet water from running, you will no longer have the need to constantly call your plumber to do easy fixes!