Running Toilet While Staying at Home

5 Tips for How to Fix a Running Toilet While Staying at Home

You may have a running toilet for some reason. The number one reason is that water leaks from the tank into the toilet bowl. Another one is the fill tube refilling an excessive amount of water into the toilet tank- allowing overflow to happen. You must deter these problems quickly by checking the water level and adjusting the tubes, floats, and flapper. 

Running toilets are easier to repair compared to what many homeowners imagine. You may avoid a running toilet now while staying at home with available supplies or without getting your hands messy. If you have running toilets and it keeps on running, try the following simple and easy fixes and changes. You may solve your running toilet issue. 

  1. Inspect the Water Level

The water level in the toilet tank should always be positioned below the fill valve and overflow tube to guarantee that the water does not constantly flow into the tank and out via the overflow tube. 

Inspect the level of the water by eliminating the lid from the toilet tank and confirming whether or not the level of the water is high, making it run into the overflow tube. 

If the water is moving into the overflow tube, the level of the water may require lowering, but if the water is not running into it, the problem may involve the flush valve. 

  1. Change the toilet’s flapper.

The plastic cup at the bottom of the toilet tank is what you called the toilet’s flapper. . When you empty your toilet, the flapper lifts- enabling water to enter the bowl. If the flapper is not flush with the bottom of the toilet tank, the water could not enter the toilet bowl continuously. If that occurs, the toilet tank will get emptied until the refill tube fills the tank again. Flapper issues are the typical causes of running toilets. To repair this issue fast, turn the toilet water off, eliminate the flapper, and scrub and wash the plastic cup and stopper well. Place the flapper back when you are finished and try to fit the flapper over the holes as comfortably as possible. If there is still a leak, you will have to change the flapper. You could attach it down until you change it- remember to pull your fasteners before flushing it. 

  1. Change the toilet’s flapper chain.

The flapper chain links both the toilet’s handle and the flapper. When you push the handle of the toilet, you also lift the flapper chain. Lifting the chain raises the flapper, letting water flow into the toilet bowl. If the chain is too short or too long, it could hinder the flapper positions in the toilet tank and make leaks. Fortunately, adjusting the flapper chain is easy. 

First, pull the cover of the tan and empty the toilet, watching how the flapper chain acts. If it does not lift the flapper, it is too short. If it is so long that it imperils getting underneath the flapper, it is too long. Either way, the repair is easy. If the flapper chain is too long, cut a few chains off the top of the chain. If the chain is too short, adjust the hook connecting to the flapper chain to handle up a few links. 

  1. Change the toilet’s float.

The toilet’s float is connected and suspended to the fill valve. After flushing the toilet, the fill valve puts more water until it floats in the toilet tank. When the fill valve can no longer hold up the float; however, it ceases adding water. If you incorrectly position it, the fill valve could add too much water. It forces the overflow tube to empty the excess water frequently, which, in turn, pushes the toilet to keep running. There are two types of float: cup floats and ball floats. Cup floats surround the fill valve itself, while the ball floats connect to the fill valves through the traditional arm. You can manually alter the floats within the toilet tank via an adjustment screw linked to the fill valve arm. Uses pliers to turn the adjustment screw counterclockwise to adjust the floats to lower it and clockwise to raise it. 

  1. Inspect the fill tube. 

The fill tube is a small plastic tube that is connected to the main fill valve to the overflow tube. It should appear like a flexible, small, curving plastic tube. While the fill valve refills the toilet tank, the fill tube does the bowl. The fill tube is always above the water line in the toilet tank, even when it is full.  

If your fill tube is underwater when the toilet tank is full, it could be the reason for your running toilet problems. It is especially likely if your toilet runs not continuously, even if the toilet tank is full. You can solve this issue either by manually bending the fill tube or cutting down the excess length. Do not worry. As long as the fill tube can reach between the refill valves and the fill and stay above water level, it will still function well. 

Sadly, these simple and easy adjustments will not answer everything about running toilets. If you have attempted these tips and still have no luck, you likely need to replace one or more parts of your toilet tank. Do not panic! Most of these replacements are inexpensive, easy, and fast. 

Even if you cannot figure out the problem with your toilet, you are in good hands. Lex’s Plumbing has the solutions and options for you. Our professionals can assess and repair your problems at any time. Never let running toilets prevent you from using your toilet. We can help you conserve water and save money. Visit us at Give us a call now!