Need help testing and repairing a running toilet? Are you familiar with the sounds you hear from your toilet after you have pushed the lever? You will generally hear the sound of slow running water for about a minute. After the water in the tank successfully flows down into the bowl to fill it, the water will turn off, and you should not hear it anymore.
If you do hear sounds after the minute has passed and it does not stop, you have a running toilet in your home. A running toilet will not be the biggest plumbing emergency one can have, but it can result in a significant amount of waste. While a running toilet may not cause as much trouble as a clogged toilet can cause, if the running toilet is not checked and repaired in time, the problem you are having in your home can result in gallons of water being wasted. Not only will you waste a significant amount of water, but you will also waste a significant amount of money.
A toilet that constantly runs can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day, and this can equate to over 6,000 gallons of wasted water each month. If you do not notice that your toilet is constantly running or if you notice the running toilet and do not have it repaired, you can spend up to an additional $800 in utility costs.
It is important to check your toilets on a regular basis for any leaks; repairing a running toilet is not as complex as you may think it is. First, it is important to be familiar with your toilet because you will need to know the mechanism of the toilet so you will know the best way to test for a running toilet. One of the easiest ways to test for a leaking toilet is to use a dye tablet or food coloring.
Checking for a Running Toilet
While you are standing by your toilet, listen closely for any sounds that indicate running water. If you notice anything that sounds like water is running through your toilet, this could be a sign that you have a leak. Remove the lid on your toilet tank and drop at least ten drops of food coloring or one dye tablet into your toilet’s tank. After you have dropped the food coloring or dye tablet into the tank, carefully place the lid back on the tank. Do not flush the toilet immediately. After 10 or 15 minutes have passed, check your toilet bowl. Do you notice any color in the toilet bowl? If so, your toilet has a leak.
Repairing a Running Toilet
As mentioned earlier, it is important that you are familiar with the mechanisms of your toilet. If you are not familiar with the parts of your toilet and you are not comfortable attempting to repair your toilet, we encourage you to reach out to a professional. There can be multiple reasons for a running toilet, including the following:
- The flapper is broken or corroded
- The fill valve is broken
- The flapper and flush valve have trapped the flapper chain
- The tank’s water level is too high
If you inspect your toilet and notice that the toilet flusher has not been initiated, the flapper should be against the bottom of the tank. If the flapper is not flat against the bottom, this could mean that something is stuck and is preventing it from being flat on the surface. There is also a chance that the chain is stuck on something. If the float valve or refill valve is unsecured, it can result in it not operating the way it is supposed to. If any of these parts in your toilet are the cause of the problem, these parts can be replaced.
On the other hand, if multiple parts in your toilet are wearing down, it may be time to replace the toilet. If your toilet has never been replaced or repaired in any way, it will be more prone to maintenance needs. Your toilet could also be using a significant amount of water each time you flush it because it is an older model toilet.
When you call the Balkan team, and we come to your home to inspect your running toilet, we will be more than happy to give you our honest opinion on whether your toilet can be repaired or if it is time to replace it. If you suspect you have a running toilet and you need help repairing a running toilet right away, contact Balkan Drain Cleaning today.