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Why Won't My Toilet Stop Running?

The only time you want to hear your commode is when you flush it, so when it keeps running it can be rather bothersome to deal with. If your toilet runs constantly, you might be wondering, why does it do that and is there anything I can do about it?

A running toilet is one of the more common problems homeowners face, but don’t let it be a problem that consumes you. Our team at Baldwin Heating & Cooling would like to share some reasons why it happens and what you can do about that issue today.

Reasons For A Running Toilet

Understanding the mechanics is crucial when troubleshooting issues like a running toilet. Several components play a role in ensuring the proper function of your throne, and addressing these elements can help resolve common problems. The three common culprits include:

  • Tank float — The tank float, situated inside the toilet tank, regulates the water level and prevents overflow. If set too high, it can hinder the fill valve from shutting off, contributing to a running toilet.
  • Flapper valve — A malfunctioning flapper valve, if not properly sealing itself in the flush valve opening, is another common cause of continuous running.
  • Water level — An excessively high water level in the tank can lead to water flowing over the overflow tube and into the bowl. Adjusting the water level can help rectify this issue.

In summary, understanding and addressing these key components will empower you to troubleshoot and resolve common commode issues. Now, let’s delve into practical steps to tackle each of these issues effectively.

How To Stop The Never-Ending Flushing

A running toilet is annoying and wasteful, but fortunately, there are a few tips you can try to see if you can resolve the problem on your own. If you don’t stop the persistent flushing, it will continuously use water, so solving the issue as soon as possible can help save you money on your water bills!

Before calling a professional plumber on our team, try giving a few of these tips a go.

Check The Water Level Inside The Tank

First, remove the porcelain tank cover from your toilet. Check the water level inside — it should be 1-2 inches below the fill valve and overflow tube.

If the water level is too high, you may need to adjust the float arm. Taking a moment to understand and maintain the proper water level ensures optimal performance and helps prevent issues like continuous flushing.

Flapper Seal Inspection

In the case that the water level in the tank is the right level, the problem may lie in the flapper seal. Also known as a flapper valve, the bottom of it might not be sealing properly. If it is getting old, sometimes it doesn’t seal and will let water seep through after you flush.

To address this, consider replacing the flapper seal ring, an effective solution readily available at hardware stores.

Toilet Plumbing You Can Count On

If you have tried these tips, but they haven’t worked, it might be time to call a professional plumber to diagnose the problem and fix your running toilet.

Turn to Baldwin Heating & Cooling and we can take a look into the matter. We provide bathroom and toilet plumbing services so any issues with leaks, clogs or replacements — we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today and schedule your next plumbing appointment!

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