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How to Fix a Running Toilet

Usually, when something is “running” it is working properly. However, this is not the case when it comes to your toilet. A toilet that runs either continuously or at various intervals without you actually activating it can waste gallons of water and cost you a good chunk of change the next time you see your water bill. Before you panic, you have options for your next move. Let’s take a look at what you can do about a running toilet.

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Is Your Toilet Running?

Before you can even start worrying about a running toilet, you have to determine whether or not the toilet is actually running. A running toilet is a toilet with an internal water leak. You can usually detect this by hearing the running of water when your toilet has not recently been in use. This may happen continuously or on occasion. Either way, something is probably amiss.

What’s Going on in There?

When you take the back part of the toilet off, you’ll see a few things of importance. One of the most important parts of your toilets inner-workings is the little flapper. This round, rubber object seals the water in your tank. It is commonly attached to a little chain and then an arm that connects to your toilet’s flusher on the outside of the toilet. If the flapper isn’t sealing properly, then your toilet may run continuously. If the chain is too long or short, this can also lead to various problems.

Call in the Big Guns

If adjusting the chain or replacing the little flapper didn’t help then it might be time to call in the professionals. At the end of the day, though this may not seem like a huge deal, a continuously running toilet can cost thousands of dollars when it is left unattended. Rather than letting it run your water bill into the stratosphere, you’re better off calling on a local plumber to help you figure out what’s going on in there. The problem could be a simple fix or it could be something more serious, but we won’t know until we take a look.

Not only that, but we may be able to advise you on what to do the next time you encounter this issue as well as share a few helpful tips for common plumbing problems.

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