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Why Is My Toilet Running?

When you flush your toilet, it’s normal to hear the water run for a short time after that as the tank refills. But what happens if your toilet continues to run once the tank is full? You shouldn’t hear running water from your toilet if someone didn’t flush it. 

When you hear running water at other times, it’s a sign that something is wrong. If you have a running toilet in Layton, it may not seem like a big deal as long as it’s still working the way it should. But allowing your toilet to continue running can cause more damage and run up your water bill significantly. 

About Running Toilets

Sometimes you can find a DIY fix for a running toilet, but other times you need a professional. If you think a running toilet is too small of a reason to call us, you’re wrong. We are happy to help with your plumbing problems big and small.

Reasons for a Toilet Running

Your toilet may run if the height of the float inside the tank needs to be adjusted. The float is how your toilet knows when to stop filling with water. If the float is set up too high, the tank will fill up too much and drain into the overflow tube. The float needs to be adjusted lower so that the tank fills up enough to flush your toilet without overflowing.

It’s also possible that the flapper is leaking and needs to be replaced. The flapper is attached to the other end of the float. It’s designed to seal the hole where water drains from the tank into your toilet for flushing. When you flush the toilet, the flapper lifts up to allow water to drain into your tank and flush. Then the flapper seals the hole again until someone else flushes.

But if the flapper wears down over time it may not provide a perfect seal. When this happens, water can drain slowly into your toilet even when no one flushes. When the water level in your tank gets low enough, more water fills up the tank and this process continues until the problem is fixed. Replacing an old flapper with a new one is a fairly easy task. 

Replacing a flapper or adjusting the float height are pretty easy tasks. But if you need to cut or drill into anything, you really need a plumbing expert. This might be the case if your toilet is running because the refill tube is too long. If the tube is too long, it will continue pumping water into the tank even after the tank is full. 

Sometimes you can reposition the tube, but other times it needs to be trimmed. If you try a DIY fix for any of these problems and your toilet is still running, give us a call. There may be a bigger problem that needs to be addressed. Our team can fix your toilet and have it working like new again without any problems. 

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