If your toilet continually runs, it may start to become taxing on your water bills and your sanity. Hearing the water constantly filling up the tank is just outright frustrating for many homeowners. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common issue that many homeowners and renters alike have to deal with. If you’re struggling with a toilet that’s constantly making too much noise, read on to find out what you should do to deal with it.
Check the Tank
First, you need to figure out what the problem is. For toilets, this means taking the lid off the tank and getting a better look. A regular toilet has a small chain that connects the flusher to another component called the flapper. Check to see if the flapper is damaged at all first because if so, that’s the source of your problems. If you’re unsure of what the flapper is, it’s the plastic piece at the bottom where the drain of the tank is. It’s possible that the flapper is too loose or tight. If too loose, it may not be pushing up far enough, and if it’s not tight enough, it may not sit flat against the bottom and let water through.
Move the Flapper
You may need to adjust the flapper itself. Use your toilet, or your whole home, shutoff valve while you’re doing this work. To do so, just turn the valve clockwise and you should be good to go. Once the water is off, you can take the pin off the handlebar of the flapper and shorten it if necessary. Once you’re done, put the pin back in the end of the handle it make sure it stays in place. Turn the water back on and check to see if the problem is remedied.
Fixing Further Problems
Still having troubles? Check the flapper and see if there’s a ring or a seat of ears that hold it into place. If you find one or the other, that’s perfectly fine, but having both may be excessive. Remove the ring and just let the ears do their work. Another possibility: sometimes, if the chain for the flapper is too long, it will get stuck under the flapper. Make the chain shorter and your problem will be fixed.
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