5 Steps To Repair Your Running Toilet

5 Steps To Repair Your Running Toilet
While a running toilet might not seem as bad as a clogged toilet, if it goes unchecked, the problem could waste hundreds of gallons of water, not to mention money. Fortunately, the fix is easier than you may realise. Here’s how to fix your running toilet.

1. Identify the Mechanism

The first step is to identify the type of toilet mechanism you have. Typically, a gravity-flow toilet will use head pressure – the weight of the water in the tank – to push wastewater over the integral trap of the bowl. The higher the column of water, the more downward pressure that’s exerted. This is why toilets designed to save water have taller tanks. All pressure-assist toilets have one large plastic air container found in the tank and will need different types of repair. Reliable providers like Trading Depot in the UK stock what you need.

On the other hand, gravity-flow toilets have two main components:

** The flapper – This is the flush valve that sends water from the tank into the bowl.
** The fill valve – This brings water into the tank.

While you may think that your toilet seems to be flushing normally, that sound of constant running water is only going to get worse.

2. Checking for the Issue

When your toilet acts up, start by removing the tank lid to watch the flush. You’ll notice that the flush lever lifts the flapper right at the base of the tank, and then the clean water in the tank should empty into your toilet. When you release the lever, it drops the flapper back down. The tank is then sealed so it can refill with clean water.

A common problem occurs when the flapper fails to be a good seal – be it because it’s damaged or there’s a build-up of sediment. Therefore, water seeps around the flapper. This also means that the water level in the toilet cannot raise and shut off the fill valve which, in turn, is like leaving a tap running all day long.

3. Make Sure Nothing’s Blocking the Flapper

Next, make sure nothing’s blocking the valve from closing properly (such as a toilet-bowl cleaning brush or a brick that’s raising the water level). Also, be sure to remove any mineral deposits that might be lurking around the seat that’s beneath the valve. Then, check that your pull chain that’s attached to the toilet’s valve isn’t too short. If it is, it could be holding the valve open ever so slightly. You can contact the store for replacement parts.

5. Replacing Parts

It’s a good idea to replace the fill valve and flapper in one go. This ensures that no valves are warped or cracked, which may cause a leak. You can either purchase the parts separately or buy a kit that has both valves. Replacing Valves

To replace the valves, shut off the water to the tank. Flush the tank to empty it and then use a pair of tongue and groove pliers to take out the jamb nut and slip raiser that can be found just below the fill valve on the outside of the tank. Typically, flapper valves are easy enough to clip on, just be sure the pull chain is adjusted correctly. You can then replace your valves easily.

In a nutshell, that’s the quickest and easiest way to repair your running toilet.