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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.