You might feel intimidated to fix a running toilet. Especially if you are someone who is not so familiar with DIY projects and tools. But you do not have to worry because it is easier than you think. You do not need to have plumbing experience to apply some simple plumbing fixes.
So if you want to finally stop wasting water with your running toilet, the most important thing to do is determine how to identify the problem. Only then can you solve the problem, if you specifically know what is wrong with your toilet. Let us be your guide to a fully functioning toilet.
How to Replace Toilet Toilet Fill Valve
Make sure that you have all your tools ready to have it will not be a hassle to just start getting them when you already need them. By doing this, you save time and effort.
- New fill valve
What to Do
When it is obvious that both the ball float and the flapper are not the cause of your running toilet, then more often than not, the fill valve is the culprit. There is really no other choice but to replace it. To do this, you have to drain the tank first. Then, you should free the valve from its original position by removing the screws of the supply line of the water.
At the same time, you also have to unscrew the lock nut that is located at the outside of the tank. Also, you have to purchase another fill valve, to make sure that you have the right size, take with you your old fill valve when you go to the store.
Next thing to do is to secure your new fill valve in the same way that you removed it, only in reverse. Then, you can make adjustments on the water level that you desire. With that all done, you are good to go!
How to Replace the Flapper
- New flapper
- Instruction manual of new flapper
What to Do
This is usually the leading cause of your running toilet. So even before you do anything, the first thing that you should check is the flapper. To find out what a flapper is, it is the stopper that is made of rubber inside your tank that releases water to the bowl whenever you flush the toilet. This flapper will eventually deteriorate and what happens is that water tends to trickle through what used to be a tight seal. In order to see if your flapper is still functioning properly, push on it to check if it still has strength. When the toilet stops from running, then that is the issue. You really have to purchase a new flapper.
First, you have to turn off the water of the toilet. You can do so by finding the shut-off valve which is usually at the bottom of the toilet. Then, you can flush the remaining water from the toilet as well as the bowl. You can then remove the flapper with the use of your bare hands or pliers. Make sure to remember how it attaches to the base or bottom of the tank. Also, for you to be sure that you have the right flapper, take with you to the store the flapper that you just removed since there are a lot of types of flappers.
Once you have an identical flapper with you, make sure to take out the instruction manual. This will further guide you on how to properly attach the flapper. At the same time, take note that some flappers come with a plastic seal inside it, so remove that before putting it in your toilet. The next step is to add or remove the appropriate number of links in the chains. You can just manually do this or just use cutters.
If you have a chain that is too long, then you will tend to fidget with the handle too much before it fills the bowl. On the other hand, if you leave it too short, the flapper will not rise so much from the drain hole. What happens is that you are left with a flush that is abbreviated.
Check the Fill Tube
- New tube
- Teflon tape
What to Do
In the process of diagnosing the problem, you notice that when you press down on the flapper, the water does not stop from running. The reason behind this is that the fill tube is problematic. The fill tube is a plastic tube that is small and it leads from the fill valve to the main assembly tank, and finally down to the overflow pipe.
The main purpose of this is that it drains the water that is in excess when the fill of the tank is too high. Upon checking the fill tube, if it is under the water, you have to cut it a bit so the tube can clear the level of the water.
There are also times when there is a leak, so you can use Teflon tape for this or just fill the leak with putty that is waterproof. Also, if the tube is damaged, you can also replace it with a new one.
Check the Float
- New ball float
- New cup float
What to Do
In general, there are two types of two toilet floats. The first one is called a ball float which is commonly seen in toilets that are old. The second type is what they call a cup float and this can be seen in newer models. If you see that both of the floats are very high, they tend to rise to the overflow pipe as the water level is being forced into it. Therefore, the tank will not stop draining.
If you need to fix a ball float, you just have to find its arm and bend it slightly. If you have a cup float, you can find where it can be adjusted. Usually, it has a mechanism that needs only to be pinched. Once you find it, just slide it down to the central tube where it is located.
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As you can see, there are four easy ways on how to fix your running toilet. All of which do not require much experience and tools. Just remember that it is just a manner of finding out what is wrong in the first place. If you find the root of the problem, then you can easily do the fixes that we mentioned.