A toilet that will not stop running can be an aggravating situation and can also becoming a very costly one itself if it is not attended too. Professional plumbers handle this type of problem with toilets every single day of the year across the nation. Running toilets that will not shut off are one of the most common plumbing problems that professional plumbers handle. The ongoing flow of water into the toilet bowl is usually due to a component inside of the tank breaking down, such as the ballcock not properly shutting off at the end of the flush cycle. If a running toilet is not fixed as soon as possible it will waste a great deal of water and can greatly increase the monthly water utility bill. Fixing a toilet is not that hard of a task, however, if you are not confident or do not have the time, then you will need to get in touch with a reputable plumbing company such as Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg and schedule to have one of our professional and courteous Katy plumbers to take care of the problem for you.
Diagnosing the Problem
Remove the lid of the toilet tank and you will notice a round vertical cylinder that is usually located in the center or on the left side of the tank. This is called the overflow tube. As you watch, if you see water to continue to flow down over the lip of the tub, then most likely the water supply valve, more commonly referred to as the ballcock by Katy plumbers, this will need to be adjusted so it shuts off when the water level is at a low level.
It tends to be unusual for a ballcock, also known as a water supply valve to suddenly be misadjusted. In all likelihood the ballcock has become worn out and will need to be replaced. This is a rather simple task but if you are unsure of what to do then you will need to look for professional Katy plumbers to handle this for you.
Inspect the Flapper Chain
In the event that you do not notice a problem with the overflow tube or the ballcock then you should next inspect the flapper chain. This is relatively easy to find as it will be a chain that is connected to the toilet’s flushing lever with the flapper flush valve which will be located at the bottom of the toilet’s tank.
Usually there should not be a problem with the chain unless it was replaced recently. Otherwise, you would have had this problem before. However, if the chain is too short, it may not be allowing the flapper to fully drop down into the opening of the flush valve when the flush cycle concludes. If this is the case then this will allow water to continuously flow down into the tank. On the other hand, in the event that the chain is too long, it may get stuck under the flapper, preventing the flapper from sealing itself after the flush cycle has concluded.
Whatever the case, this too is a very simple fix and all that will need to be done is simply adjust the length of the chain so that it is neither too long nor too short. Once again if you are unsure of what you are doing you can always seek out professional Katy plumbers to do the job for you.
Assess the Flapper Seal
The final problem with a toilet running may be the flapper seal itself. When flappers age, they can become harden or warped to the point that they do not provide a good seal anymore. Even with just a slight warping of the seal can cause the toilet to continuously drain water into the bowl. To determine if this is the case a simple test is to drop a few drops of food coloring into the tank and sit back and watch whether the water in the bowl begins to change color.
If after a few moments the water in the bowl begins to change color then you can confirm that the problem lies with the flapper seal and it will need to be replaced. If this is the case, it is also a relatively simple task to do. However, if you are uncomfortable or unsure then you can seek out professional Katy plumbers to get the job done for you.
In the event that you do one of these repairs on your own and it is obvious that the components are rather old, you may consider just replacing all of the components inside of the toilets with new parts. Replacing a component that has failed due to age will mean that sooner or later it is most likely than other components within the tank will fail also. By going ahead and replacing all of the old components at once you will save yourself from needing to replace others down the road. However, if you are not certain on how to make these repairs yourself, or you are scared of doing more damage, you can seek out professional assistance and the surrounding area to do it for you.