What to Do When a Toilet Continuously Runs

May 31, 2019

There is nothing more frustrating than a toilet that, once flushed, will continuously run. The sound is annoying. The sight is annoying. The most annoying part, though? The fact that it is driving your water bill through the roof. However, while attempting to fix it can leave you feeling powerless, often it is a case of knowing what to check.

In essence, solving for a running toilet is as simple as checking a few select causes found in the back tank of your toilet. If the first cause checks out, then it is time to move onto the next. These causes of a constantly running toilet include:

  • Fill Tube – The back of your toilet consists of several tubes and valves. The fill tube is located running out of the open-topped overflow tube into the fill valve. Typically it is a flexible tube, making it easier to find. Make sure this tub is connected at both ends securely.
  • Fill Height – Inside the back tank, there will be a float that is designed to sit on top of the water. Sometimes it can be set too high so that the water never reaches it and it just continues to run. Lowering it can be a solution, but setting it too low will not allow your toilet to flush as efficiently.
  • Chain and Flapper – Inside your toilet tank, there is a chain that connects the handle to the flapper. This allows the toilet to flush when the handle is depressed. However, this chain is prone to tangling. If the chain is too short (due to tangles) it keeps the flapper open and forces your toilet to run.

In an ideal situation, one of the above will solve your problem. However, if it doesn’t, we can help! Contact us today to see what The Plumber Guy can do to help you.