What Should I do About a Toilet That Won’t Stop Running?
When you think of common plumbing problems with your toilet, you may first think of inconvenient clogs or toilets that otherwise won’t flush.
Just as annoying and inconvenient is a toilet that flushes just fine, but won’t stop running. Not only is the sound of the constantly running water a nuisance, but you are also throwing your money away by wasting gallons upon gallons of water.
The good news is that a running toilet is one job that you may very well be able to take care of on your own with a few easy-to-follow DIY tips. Here are some thoughts on how to get started:
The most common culprit behind a running toilet is a defective or broken flapper. FYI, the flapper is the rubber stopper that regulates water flow within the tank when you flush the toilet. Over time, the rubber on the flapper will deteriorate. Similarly, it’s not uncommon for the seal around the flapper to deteriorate as well.
The way to determine if this is the source of the problem couldn’t be easier. Simply press down on the flapper, and if the water stops flowing, you’ve identified the problem.
To fix it, remove the flapper and take it to the hardware store with you so that you are sure to get the right part.
Follow the instructions on the package, and you’ll be good to go! One note- make sure that when you are reattaching the chain to the flapper that you’ve got it at the right length. If it is too long or too short, the toilet won’t flush correctly.