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5 Potential Causes of a Continuously Running Toilet

One of the most annoying issues you might face in regards to your bathroom plumbing is a toilet that won’t stop running. Not only is it a nuisance to listen to, but it will also cost you significantly in excess water you aren’t using—something that will reflect on your monthly water bill. Running toilets also mean the inability to flush. Be sure to call for repairs as soon as you notice this problem. In the meantime, we’ve shared 5 reasons below that this may be occurring.

#1 – Your Refill Tube is Malfunctioning

The refill tube of your toilet is the component that replenishes the water within the tank. The top of this tube should always remain above water level. However, if it doesn’t, you may hear intermittent running.

#2 – Problems with the Float Ball

This is a small ball that sinks down when the tank empties with a flush, opening up the inlet valve on the fill tube. When the tank is filling, the float ball rises, which closes the valve and stops the filling process. If the float ball is misaligned or malfunctioning in any way, it might not allow the valve to close completely and the water will continue to run.

#3 – The Flush Valve Chain Is the Wrong Length

This chain is the component that pulls open the flush valve and allows fresh water into the tank as used water is flushed out. If that chain is either too long or too short, then it may interfere with the ability of the flush valve to properly close.

#4 – Flapper Problems

This is another name for the flush valve, and the component needs to seal completely after each flush to keep water from leaking. This component can age to the point of malfunction, or it can develop mineral deposits and/or wear down. All of these can prevent it from properly sealing and may require replacement.

#5 – Worn Gasket

Your toilet’s gasket is the seal between the tank and the bowl. If it’s worn out, then it will allow water to run into your bowl from the tank.

When you find yourself in need of professional bathroom plumbing services, look no further than the plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service. Contact us today!

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