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How to Stop a Toilet From Running

How to Stop a Toilet From Running

Prevent Water Waste

Have you ever been startled by the persistent hiss of a running toilet, echoing through your home? It’s a common issue that can be both annoying and wasteful. The good news is that fixing a running toilet doesn’t always require a plumber’s expertise. In this guide, we’ll equip you with simple and effective DIY tips on how to stop a toilet from running, helping you restore peace and efficiency to your bathroom. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a first-time fixer-upper, these steps will empower you to identify and resolve the most common culprits behind a continuously running toilet. 

Identify the Flapper

Your toilet’s flapper is a crucial player in the flushing symphony. Lift the lid and inspect it – is it sealing properly? If not, it’s time for a quick replacement. Head to your local hardware store for a compatible flapper and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install it.

Adjust the Float

The float, that buoyant little device in your toilet tank, might be the reason behind the persistent running. If it’s set too high, it can cause water to overflow into the overflow tube. Adjust it to sit lower, ensuring it stops the water at the right level.

Tame the Chain

A loose or tangled chain can prevent the flapper from sealing properly, leading to a running toilet. Check the chain’s length and ensure it has a little slack but not too much. A well-adjusted chain will allow the flapper to close tightly after each flush.

Examine the Fill Valve

The fill valve controls the water level in your tank. If it’s not working correctly, your toilet might run continuously. Inspect it for any signs of wear or damage. If needed, replace the fill valve following the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Look for Leaks

A silent leak might be the culprit, causing your toilet to run without making a sound. Add a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak that needs fixing. Check for worn-out washers or bolts and replace them as necessary.

Call in the Pros

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to reach out to a plumbing professional. W.L. Staton in Central Maryland is just a call away, ready to tackle any plumbing challenge you throw their way.

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