How to Fix a Running Toilet

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How to Fix a Running Toilet

PROBLEM: Is your toilet running? That is one of the main byproducts of a malfunctioning fill valve. The toilet keeps running and running. Not only is it annoying but also your water bills can be astronomical because of a simple faulty ballcock. There are a few things that could be causing the continuous running toilet. The washer under the lever attaching the float could be deteriorated or crimped or the float could be set too high so the water never gets high enough to close off the valve so the toilet keeps running.

99% of the issues that cause a perpetually running toilet are from the Ball Cock/Fill valve or the Flush valve so if you replace those two things you’re usually good to go. There are a few things you can do before going that route and the first is to check the float.

If the float isn’t rising enough you may have to adjust the water level in the tank. If you have an old style float ball you can bend the float rod to adjust the water level. Another issue you can readily fix is the flapper. Sometimes you can get scale build-up on the seating surface and all you have to do is drain the tank and clean off the scale and you’re all set.  Both are easy to replace and update.

 

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