A constantly running toilet is often caused by a malfunctioning flapper. This small rubber device at the bottom of the tank for the toilet sends water rushing into the bowl whenever you flush it, and it should close tightly afterward. If yours is leaking, sometimes all it takes is a simple adjustment. If troubleshooting such problems is not your preference, it is best to contact a qualified plumber as soon as possible to avoid water waste and increased water bills.
Check the Chain
It’s best to turn off the water valve before starting work in order to avoid any water waste. A thin plastic or metal chain connects the flapper to the flush handle lever. Pull on the chain to make sure it is not tangled. It should be long enough to let the flapper sit properly on the opening and short enough that it doesn’t catch under the flapper as it closes. Shorten or lengthen the chain and flush the toilet to test the adjustment.
Clean the Flapper
Sometimes buildup around the mouth of the flapper can cause it to malfunction. Flush the toilet to empty the tank. Gently lift the flapper and clean it with a scouring pad or old toothbrush to remove mineral buildup. Turn the water back on, let the tank refill and flush the toilet to test your work.
Replace the Flapper
If none of these toilet flapper troubleshooting tips work, the flapper might ned to be replaced. Again, make sure to turn off the water and flush the toilet to empty the tank. Remove the flapper and take it to your local hardware store to pick out a proper replacement. Attach the new part, restore the water supply and flush the toilet to test it.
This simple, inexpensive device can end up costing you major dollars because the water leak leads to a higher water bill. Get on top of repairs immediately to avoid wasting water and money. Contact the pros at Carefree Comfort for help with any plumbing problem. Our technicians are trained and experienced in providing a full line of plumbing services. Call us at 847-388-0115 for your plumbing needs.
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