Fixing a toilet that is leaking is a pretty simple DIY job. This article will identify the most prevalent causes of a running toilet and provide cost-effective solutions.

Get to know your running toilet.

Look inside your tank by removing the cover. A flapper covering a valve will be located at the bottom of the water. When the toilet is flushed, this flapper permits water to enter. To observe the valve in action, flush the toilet.

Examine the flounce

If you see that the flapper is not completely covering the valve, you should investigate the cause. The chain or rod that pulls it open may become twisted or hooked on something on occasion. Frequently, though, the flapper itself may be rusted or otherwise compromised, preventing it from forming a tight seal. In this instance, the entire flapper will need to be replaced.

Decrease the float

Try lowering the float if the valve is totally covered and the toilet is still running. The float consists of a rubber ball on the end of a metal arm that rises and falls in response to the water level in the tank. Reduce the height of the float by tightening the screw on the other end of the arm from the ball or by bending the arm downward.

To determine the water level, re-flush the toilet. If the water level continues to climb above the overflow pipe, the float should be lowered slightly and re-evaluated. If the water level drops too low for a proper flush, just adjust the float until the water level is optimal.

Remember to turn off the water supply to the toilet using the valve located behind it if you need to change any components. Contact us to learn more!