It’s no joke! A toilet that won’t stop running wastes a large amount of water; something we don’t need to waste in Central Texas! There are several reasons why a toilet will remain running and homeowners can usually solve the problem themselves, even if the solution is only a temporary one.
Calling for a plumber in Leander is probably a good idea, if after trying the following fixes you still have a problem. Some people may just want to leave this to the professionals from the beginning, knowing that plumbing is not their area of expertise. Either way, keep your toilets from running!
The first thing you should check is to see if the valve, float, or float arm at the base of the tank is snagged on something. Maybe you have a disc type toilet bowl cleaner that’s become hung up and caused the valve to remain open! Other times the chain can become tangled and it may be too short to allow the tank ball or flapper to seal. If the float is rubbing against the side of the tank it may cause it to not shut all the way, which allows the water to continue to run.
Check the alignment of the flapper or ball to make sure that it seals correctly when the tank is full. If water is running into the overflow, the float arm needs to be adjusted so that it lifts up to shut the water off. Some float balls screw on to the arm and you may be able to back the ball out slightly, turning counterclockwise, to shut the water off at a lower level. You can adjust the float arm by bending but be careful not to break it.
The valve on the bottom of the tank may develop a leak over a period of time. Replacement kits are available in many combinations from just a float arm or flapper assembly to complete kits for a total overhaul. Remember to turn the water valve off to the toilet before attempting to take it apart. Your local plumber will be glad to help you solve the problem if you are unable to do the job yourself.
In emergency situations simply shut off the water valve to the toilet in between uses until the toilet can be repaired. You can also test for leaks in your system by adding a little non-toxic food coloring to the tank. This will make any leaks easier to find and cure. Of course, if you feel you’re in over your head – no pun intended, call us here at Roger’s Plumbing. We’re here to help.