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What to Do with a Toilet That Won’t Stop Running

toilet-wont-stop-runningYour toilet is supposed to run, but only right after you flush it. Have you ever experienced problems with a continuously running toilet, though? While such an issue might not seem like a huge problem, it is wasteful, and certainly warrants a call for a Layton, UT bathroom plumbing repair or replacement.

A running toilet also means that you have the inability to flush most of the time. Therefore, it’s vital that you call for repairs as soon as you notice this problem. In the meanto,e, we’ve shared a few reasons as to why your toilet might continue to run longer than it should.

Refill Tube Is Malfunctioning

The refill tube is what replenishes the water in the tank. The top of this tube needs to remain above water level. If it’s not functioning as it should, you’ll hear intermittent running.

Float Ball Issues

The toilet’s float ball sinks down when the tank empties with a flush, opening up the inlet valve on the fill tube. When the tank fills up, the float ball rises and this closes the valve, stopping the filling process. However, if the float ball isn’t aligned correctly or if it’s malfunctioning in any way, then it may not allow the valve to close completely, and the water will continue to run.

Flapper Issues

The flapper is another name for the flush valve, and this component needs to seal completely after each and every flush to keep water from leaking. Flappers age to a point where they need to be replaced, otherwise they’ll develop mineral deposits and wear down as a result. Each of these issues can prevent the flapper from sealing as it’s meant to, requiring a component replacement.

Worn Down Gasket

The toilet’s gasket is the seal between the tank and the bowl. If it’s worn out, then it will cause water to run into the bowl from the tank. Under normal circumstances, a toilet only runs water long enough to refill its bowl with water from the tank.

As fresh water flows into the tank, a mechanism eventually shuts off the water flow and the toilet stops running. However, as highlighted above, sometimes something can go wrong and the toilet will continue to allow water to move from the tank to the bowl, and from the feed line into the tank. Since this is a big waste of water, it’s vital to have the problem repaired as soon as possible.

Other Potential Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Our staff is here to handle any and all of your bathroom plumbing needs. This may include relieving a clogged toilet or sink (and don’t rely on corrosive and debilitating store-bought drain cleaners) or fixing a leak. Be sure that you don’t ignore even the smallest of leaks in your bathroom, as you’d be surprised to find how many gallons of water you’d waste each year from the smallest of leaks. Plus, an unattended leak can do a lot of damage to your property.

Contact your HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!

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