Help! My Toilet Won’t Stop Running

Hearing your toilet running can be a terrifying sound. Visions of an overflowing toilet and water running all over your bathroom can come to mind. If you have a toilet that won’t stop running there are several things you can do to try and remedy the problem. Let’s look at what you can do if your toilet won’t stop running.
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Becoming Familiar with Your Toilet

The first thing you need to do is lift the tank lid off and look inside. The inside of your tank is made up of five main parts.

  • The Float: This piece helps to raise and lower the water level, letting the water pump know when to turn off.
  • The Pump: This piece refills the tank after it has emptied.
  • Toilet Flush Lever: This is the piece attached to the outside lever, it also attaches to the flapper.
  • Rubber Flapper: This stops the tank water from entering into the bowl.
  • Overflow Tube: This piece sets the high water level in the tank.

Make yourself aware of which piece is which, this will help you identify where the problem might lie.

What to Do if Your Toilet Won’t Stop Running

  1. The first thing to check is the chain that is connected to the flush lever and the rubber flapper. Sometimes running water in your toilet can be as simple as the chain coming detached from the flush lever. If this is the case it is an easy fix and you need to do is hook the chain back onto the lever.
  2. If the chain is in place and seems fine, check the flapper. The flapper can break at the hinge or warp and this will cause it to leak. To get a closer look, you will need to flush your toilet, draining the tank, if the flapper is warped, cracked or broken you will need to replace it with a new flapper.
  3. If the chain and flapper seem fine there may be a problem with the float. When you flush your toilet the tank is meant to stop filling at just below the overflow pipe, if this doesn’t happen and your tank keeps filling up, it could be due to the float being too high. You should be able to carefully bend the piece that connects the float, lowering the float.

If your toilets is running continuously and all of the above seems to be working fine, it is time to call a plumber. Hill & Company offers plumbing services across Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Contact us today and let us help you stop your toilet from running so that you can regain some peace of mind.

How to Fix a Kitchen Sink Clog

Having a kitchen sink clog is no fun. It can back-up your sink, overflow onto your cabinets and floors, and it can really be smelly. If you experience a kitchen sink clog there are a couple of things you can do to try and fix the problem.

Tools You Might Need to Fix a Clog

There are a few tools you will need to help you with kitchen sink clogs. These include:

  • A snake or hand auger
  • A plunger
  • Allen wrench
  • A bucket
  • Rubber gloves

Check the Disposal First

If the clog is on the side of the sink where your garbage disposal is, this is the place to start. If you turn your disposal on only to hear a loud hum there is a good chance that your disposal is clogged or jammed.

If this is the case you can try to manually fix the jam by using the Allen wrench to turn the blades. Look at the bottom of your disposal, you should be able to locate a small hole, place the Allen wrench in the hole and turn slowly.

If you can turn the blades, but the system still won’t turn on, give it a minute, then flip the reset switch on your garbage disposal.

If either of these solutions work you can try clearing or forcing the blockage with a plunger. You can also contact a plumbing expert to come and check out your garbage disposal to prevent any further damage.

Use a Plunger

There are a few things to remember before you start putting a little muscle into your plunger. If you have a dishwasher, you will want to clamp the drain hose, this will prevent water damage within your cabinets. You also need to create a good seal for the sink you are working on. So, be sure to seal up the other side using a plug or a wet rag. Place the plunger over the sink hole, making sure it has a good seal.

Now you are ready to use your plunger. Be sure to roll the head of the plunger into the water so you are not forcing unnecessary air into the drain. You may need to use the plunger several times. If nothing is happening, there may be a larger blockage.

Use a Snake

A snake can help you push through tough clogs. You will want to slowly run the snake through your drain line until you can find the blockage. You will then want to extend and pull the line back in a few times until you feel the tension on the line relaxes or disappears. Bring the snake back out and clean off any gunk. Once you feel you have the line cleared, run hot water for 2-3 minutes.

If you have tried to clear your own drain using the tools above, but have had no success, it may be time to call a qualified plumber for a repair. Clogs that are left or not fixed properly could lead to major damage throughout your home.

The team at Hill & Company offer a full range of plumbing services, contact us today for all your plumbing needs.