How to Fix and Repair a Running Toilet



How to Fix and Repair a Running Toilet

Learning how to fix and repair a running toilet can be a simple procedure with these detailed instructions. If your toilet keeps running, you're losing a substantial amount of water daily from this single source. Not only is this wasteful, but a leaking toilet will also contribute to a higher water bill. To begin this toilet repair, you'll first need to identify the cause of the running toilet. Make sure the toilet seat is down and lift the cover off the back of the toilet. First, let's make sure there is plenty of slack in the chain from the toilet flush lever to the flapper. There may be too little or too much. Too little and the flush lever may be holding the toilet flapper away from the seal. Too much and the chain could be tucked up underneath the flapper seal, letting water continuously leak from your toilet. Adjust the chain as appropriate for your situation if needed. Your running toilet may be caused by a flapper, or stopper, that is not sealing well. To test the toilet flapper, reach your hand down into the bowl and push down on the flapper and listen. If the toilet leak has stopped, you can rest assured that all you need is a new flapper. If that didn't fix the leak, then you need to move on to the float mechanism. Your float may be black and round or you may have a guide arm type float. Either way, lift up on the float and listen again. Did the water stop leaking? If it did, your flush assembly could be bad or the float may be waterlogged. Before doing anything else, try bending the float where the rod pushes the float lower into the water. This may stop the water from leaking until you can buy a new flush assembly. That's an old tip that may serve you well until you can repair the toilet flush assembly correctly. If none of the above solutions has repaired your running toilet problem, you may need to replace the toilet flush assembly.

Related Bathroom Repairs: