You went to the bathroom fifteen minutes ago, and you know you flushed. So, why is it still running?
A running toilet is an internal water leak in your toilet tank, and it could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water a day – costing you a lot of money when your water bill arrives in the mail.
Here are some things you can do to try to locate the problem in your tank:
Check the Toilet Flapper
The most common cause of a running toilet is that the toilet flapper is not sealing properly. When you flush the toilet, it raises the lift arm in the tank that pulls on a chain to life up the toilet flapper. This allows water to go into the toilet bowl. Once enough water exits the tank, the flapper drops back down to re-seal the tank.
However, if the flapper is cracked, water will keep entering into the toilet bowl, causing it to run continuously. You can fix this problem easily on your own by:
- Turning off the toilet’s water supply.
- Flush the toilet.
- Use a sponge or towel to get rid of any leftover water.
- Unhook the flapper and replace it.
Check the Chain
The chain to the toilet flapper needs to be the correct length for the flapper to seal correctly. If the chain is too long, it can get caught under the flapper. It is easy to shorten the chain’s length by unhooking it and putting it back on another chain link. Just make sure you don’t make the chain too short, or the flapper won’t seal at all.
Examine the Toilet Tank Float Ball and Float Arm
If the tank float ball or float arm is damaged, water will continue to run inside your toilet. The tank ball could be rubbing against the side of the tank, or the ball could have a crack and be filling up with water, causing it to sink.
If none of these leads you to locate the problem, or you just don’t know what to look for, contact Atlanta Leak Detection for expert plumbing help.