Fixing a Running Toilet
There are a number of different toilets on the market today, though almost all of them share the same basic elements. Flushing the toilet raises a water control diaphragm (also called a flush valve) which releases clean water into the bowl, sending the waste down the drain pipe and into your sewer. An auto-leveling assembly (the hollow plastic ball that lowers when the tank is empty) then triggers a valve which causes the tank to refill. In order for the tank to refill, the water control diaphragm must be closed — if it gets stuck, the tank can't properly refill, which is what causes a toilet to run.
How to Fix a Toilet That Keeps Running
If your toilet is running and won't stop, it can be a major annoyance. You may find yourself having to flush the toilet over and over again throughout the day just to keep it from running. Not only does this waste water, but it can also cause higher bills due to water loss. Fortunately, there are some easy DIY solutions that you can try to fix the problem.
First, check to see if the flapper valve at the bottom of the tank isn't closing properly. This could be caused by wear and tear on the rubber seal or even a build-up of debris that is blocking its movement. If this is the case, you will likely need to replace or adjust the flush handle mechanism in order for it to work properly again.
If adjusting or replacing the mechanism doesn't work, then you might need to adjust the float arm inside of your toilet tank as well. This should lower or raise the level at which your tank starts refilling after flushing so that it stops once it reaches a certain point. Simply turn off your water followed by adjusting any screws located on top of the float arm until you reach the desired amount of water before it shuts off.
Another solution would be to make sure that the fill tube isn't too high in your tank, as this can force extra water into your bowl and cause an overflow onto your flooring if not fixed quickly. To change this, simply unscrew and remove any clamps holding it in place before reattaching them around an inch below their original positions. Doing so should help solve any issue with excessive filling or overflowing from a constantly running toilet bowl.
Lastly, if all else fails you can always replace the entire flushing system with a new one from a local hardware store or online retailer for an affordable cost depending on what type and style of system you get for replacement purposes. Once installed correctly, this should give you peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of without having anymore worries about constant running toilets!
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