Your toilet isn’t something you pay much attention to – until it starts acting up. We typically don’t really notice how long our toilet takes to flush, because once it’s done that and refilled the bowl, only a minute or two have gone by. In other cases though, your toilet keeps running long past when it should have stopped. If your toilet keeps running, this is something that you should rectify immediately.
The constant sound of your toilet running can be annoying, but more than that, it can waste hundreds of gallons of water in a day, meaning that your water bills will skyrocket. If your toilet keeps running, you definitely don’t want to just ignore it, both for the sake of your peace of mind and your bank account’s. Here are some of the most common reasons why your toilet keeps running.
The Handle Is Stuck
If your handle is stuck, this can cause your toilet to run when it doesn’t need to. Stuck handles are typically an easy fix, since they typically get stuck as a result of being too tight for your toilet. Loosening your handle so that it can move freely can cause your toilet to stop running.
Worn Out Toilet Flapper
Your toilet flapper is what acts as a seal between the bowl of your toilet and your toilet’s tank. One of the most common reasons behind a toilet that won’t stop running is a flapper in need of replacing. Worn out flappers allow for water to constantly slip from your toilet’s tank into the bowl. Since the seal prevents that constant flow of water is worn out, this can result in an endless flow. Replacing your toilet flapper will resolve the issue.
The Refill Tube Needs To Be Shortened
The refill tube is the part of your toilet that flows from the toilet fill valve to the overflow tube. If your refill tube is too long, this can cause your toilet to keep running, since the water is constantly going from the tank to the overflow valve. Shortening the refill tube will prevent this constant flow of water.
Flapper Chain Needs Adjusting
Related to your flapper is the flapper chain, which is the chain that connects the flapper to the handle, telling it when to seal and when to open. If your flapper chain is too short, the flapper can’t seal, resulting in a toilet that keeps running. If it is too long, it can get stuck under the flapper. Adjusting the chain can make it so that it runs as it should.
The Float Is Too High
The float is the part of your toilet that affects when the water flow in your toilet stops, by signalling that the water levels in the tank of your toilet have reached the designated height. However, if the float is set too high, this causes your toilet to keep running, because the water hits the overflow tube before it can hit the float.
The Float Valve Is Broken
A broken float valve is one that allows for water to leak, which is another potential reason why your toilet keeps running. Replacing the valve should resolve the issue, as you are repairing the part of the toilet that allowed for water to escape.
The Overflow Pipe Is Cracked
Though this is one of the less common reasons for a toilet that runs continuously, sometimes the overflow pipe cracks. This results in leakage, like when the float valve breaks, and makes it so that water constantly leaks from the overflow tube into the bowl.
How To Fix A Toilet That Won’t Stop Running
Above, we’re listed some of the ways that you can resolve each of these problems. In most cases, fixing a toilet that won’t stop running is easy, either through replacing the flapper, adjusting the chain, shortening the tube, or having other parts replaced. Though typically, this is a job that you can resolve yourself, having a professional plumber come out to take a look at it will ensure that you both have solved the problem and that it is fixed properly.
Do You Need Help With A Toilet That Keeps Running?
S & B Plumbing knows how much your water bills can be affected by a toilet that won’t stop running. We can help you diagnose the source of the issue as well as fix it, so that you can return to a quiet home and one with normal water bills. For any questions about our toilet repair service or any other services we can offer you, please contact us at S & B Plumbing today!