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What to Do About a Running Toilet

toilet in bathroomWe’d say, “you better go catch it,” but clearly that is not a helpful tip.

Rather, a running toilet is an annoying problem. While it’s not necessarily a catastrophe, it is a nuisance to listen to and impedes the power of your toilet’s flush. Additionally, it will reflect on your monthly water bill that you are using more water—even though you aren’t.

As soon as you notice your toilet won’t stop running, it’s time to call for a plumber in Santa Fe, NM. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few reasons why this might be happening, below.

The Refill Tube May Be Malfunctioning

The refill tube of your toilet is the part that replenishes water within the toilet tank. The top of this tube should always rest above water level. If it doesn’t, however, then you will likely hear intermittent running.

You Have Float Ball Problems

There is a small ball that sinks when your toilet tank empties with a flush, opening up an inlet valve on the fill tube. While your toilet tank is filling, this float ball rises, and this closes the valve and stops the filling process. If the float ball is misaligned, or not functioning correctly, then it may not allow the valve to close completely, and the water will continue to run.

The Flush Valve Chain Is the Wrong Size

This chain pulls open the flush valve on the toilet, allowing fresh water into the tank as the used water is flushed out. If that chain is too long or too short, however, then it can interfere with the ability of the flush valve to close.

There Is a Toilet Flapper Issue

The flapper is another name for the flush valve. It needs to seal completely after each flush in order to keep water from leaking out. This component can age to the point that it malfunctions or develops mineral deposits. This can prevent it from properly sealing and requires a flapper replacement.

The Gasket Is Worn Out

Your toilet’s gasket is the seal between the tank and the bowl. If that’s worn out, then water will be able to run into the bowl from the tank.

Trust the Pros for Your Toilet Services

Whether it’s repairing an existing problem or preventing problems in the first place, you can count on our team for quality plumbing services. Only a professional should be trusted for your toilet installation in order to help you avoid problems from occurring.

For instance, did you know that a toilet might not be the right size for your bathroom? There’s a measurement called the rough-in, which describes the amount of space between the wall behind your toilet and the center of the drainpipe (the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor). The standard rough-in size in older homes was 10 inches, but now many homes have a rough-in of 12 to 14 inches.

If you have the wrong sized toilet, you may not even be able to complete the installation. But if you are, you’ll quickly find yourself facing problems such as leaks and improper sealing.

For quality plumbing services in the Santa Fe area and beyond, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today.

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