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Is Your Toilet Running?

hand-flushing-toiletNo, we promise this isn’t the start of a bad joke. A running toilet may not be too serious of a problem, but it actually wastes a lot of water and wears down your toilet plumbing system. This ends up being costly for you, when it is actually quite a simple problem for our plumbers to fix for you.

But what are the reasons this might happen? Can a running toilet be stopped or prevented? Read on and find out!

The Refill Tube Might Be Malfunctioning

This is an important component of your toilet—it’s responsible for actually replenishing the water within the tank of your toilet. The top of the refill tube should always be above water level. However, if it doesn’t remain there then you might hear intermittent running.

You May Have Float Ball Problems

The float ball is a component that sinks down when the toilet tank empties as you flush. This opens an inlet valve located on the fill tube. While your tank is filling, this float ball rises, and this closes the valve to stop the filling process. If, however, the float ball is misaligned or malfunctioning, then it won’t allow the valve to close completely and the water will continue running.

The Chain on the Flush Valve Is the Wrong Length

This component is responsible for pulling open the flush valve and allowing fresh water into your toilet tank as the used water is flushed out. If this chain is too long (or too short), then it will interfere with the ability of the flush valve to close.

You May Have Flapper Issues

Flapper is another name for the flush valve, and the flapper needs to seal completely after each time you flush. This keeps water from leaking from your toilet. The flapper can age to the point that it starts degrading and malfunctioning. It can also develop mineral deposits or wear down. All of this can prevent the flapper from properly sealing, and it may require replacing the component.

The Gaskets May Be Worn

Last but not least, your toilet’s gasket is the seal between the tank and the bowl. If it gets too worn down, then it will enable water to run into your bowl from the tank continuously.

“When Should I Replace My Toilet?”

That’s a great question! If you seem to be experiencing the problems above more and more frequently, have leaks, and/or your toilet has been in your home for a couple of decades now, it’s probably time to consider replacement. Another factor to consider is how much water you can save by upgrading to a low-flush toilet, which uses gallons less water than a standard toilet. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our pros for more details, and let us know about all your bathroom plumbing needs.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance for quality Glenview, IL toilet repair and more!

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