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Is Your Toilet Running?

is-your-toilet-runningNo, no, this isn’t the start of a bad joke. Rather, we’re wondering if you’ve been experiencing problems with a continuously running toilet. While such a problem might not seem like a huge deal, it is wasteful and certainly warrants a call for professional Santa Fe, NM toilet repairs.

Running toilets also mean you have the inability to flush most of the time. Therefore, it is essential that you call for repairs as soon as you notice this problem. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few reasons as to why your toilet may continue to run longer than it’s supposed to.

Malfunctioning Refill Tube

This component is the one that replenishes the water in the tank. The top of this tube needs to remain above water level. If it’s not functioning correctly, you’ll hear intermittent running.

Float Ball Problems

Your toilet’s float ball sinks down when the tank empties with a flush, opening up the inlet valve on the fill tube. While the tank is filling up, the float ball rises and this closes the valve, stopping the filling process. However, if the float ball is misaligned or it malfunctions in any way, it might not allow the valve to close completely, and the water will continue to run.

Issues with the Flapper

Flapper is another name for the flush valve, and the component needs to seal completely after each flush in order to keep water from leaking. Flappers can age to the point where they need replacement, or they may develop mineral deposits and wear down. Each of these issues can prevent the flapper from sealing as it should, requiring a component replacement.

Worn Down Gasket

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

Under normal circumstances, a toilet only runs water long enough to re-fill its bowl with water from the tank. As fresh water enters the tank, a mechanism eventually shuts off the water flow and the toilet stops running. But, as highlighted above, sometimes something can go wrong and the toilet will continue to allow water to move from the tank to the bowl, and from the feed line into the tank. Since this is such a big waste of water, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as can be arranged.

Other Potential Bathroom Plumbing Issues

Our team is here to handle any and all of your bathroom plumbing needs. This can include relieving a clogged toilet or sink (don’t rely on corrosive and debilitating store-bought drain cleaners) or fixing a leak. So be sure that you don’t ignore even the smallest of leaks in your bathroom.

You may be surprised by how many gallons of water are wasted each year just from seemingly minor pinhole leaks or drippy faucets! Not to mention the damage an unattended leak can do to your property.

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

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