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Why Does My Toilet Keep Running And What Can I Do About It?

Does your toilet keep running or trickling after you flush? We have created a guide to help you figure out why and how to stop it!

You use your toilet system daily, and its primary function is to take human waste and dispose of it in a sanitary manner. Because of the constant use, you can experience some common problems with your toilet. Blockages, leaks from the bathroom base, cracked cisterns, and a constantly running flush mechanism are typical situations that homeowners will experience with their toilet system.

Toilet Running

How Do Toilets Operate?

Your toilet system works by taking waste and water into one bowl. When flushed, the mechanism sucks the water and waste down a pipe connected to your sewerage drain. Your toilet is made up of different parts and components. Let’s start with the tank:

  • Blush button/handle
  • Toilet Flapper
  • Float Ball
  • Valve
  • Overflow tube
  • Refill Tube

The flush handle is connected to an arm with a chain attached to the toilet flapper. The flapper covers a hole that allows water to enter and drain the bowl. There is a float ball that is connected to the valve.

To flush the toilet mechanism, you pull on the handle or chain. This will draw on the flapper, opening the hole and allowing water to drain into the bowl. When the water level gets low, the toilet flapper will close due to insufficient water supply and not triggering the flapper.

The float ball sits on top of the water, so when you flush the toilet, and the water level begins to drop, the ball connected to both the valve and flapper chain will open up. Water from the water supply will then begin to refill the tank. This is because the valve is open and filling the tank again.

Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?

When you flush, but the water keeps running in your toilet bowl, it can be frustrating to hear a constant trickle of water. If you think of a running toilet as an internal leak, you will have to inspect the parts inside the tank and examine their condition. There are a few common causes if your toilet keeps running:

  • Cracked or faulty toilet flapper
  • Toilet Flapper chain is too long or short
  • Float ball too big or small
  • Flush button or lever is stuck or loose

5 Tips To Stop A Toilet From Running

If you wish to investigate the issue with a running toilet, there are some tools you will need. These tools can be purchased at your local hardware store:

  • Cutting Pliers
  • Flathead and Phillips screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Replacement fill valve
  • Replacement of toilet flapper

If you are confident in carrying out basic toilet repairs yourself, there are some simple step by step instructions we have listed below that can help you fix your leaking toilet.

Turn off the water supply.

Before you begin, you need to stop the water supply before commencing work on the toilet. You can find the shutoff valve below the toilet bowl. To carry out any work on a bathroom, stopping water from entering and leaving the toilet tank is crucial to access the different parts, such as flush valves and flat balls.

Inspect the fill valve

Remove the lid to the toilet tank. By removing the lid, you will be able to inspect better the different parts associated with the cistern. Thoroughly clean the fill valve with warm water and soap. Reattach the lid and turn the water back on to ensure no leaks.

Inspect the float arm and lift rod

The float arm should be straight and attached to the fill valve and the actual ball. If the ball is loose or not in line with the component, you may need to replace it. The lift rod needs to allow the flapper to correctly position itself into the opening. You can adjust the rod or purchase a new flapper to create a good seal.

Check the level of water in the tank.

Keeping the toilet tank water level at 2.5 cm to 5 cm below the overflow tube is best. If you need to adjust the height of the water inside the cistern, you can find a screw-on top of the float. Turning the screw left will lower the float and reduce the height of water in the bowl.

Inspect the toilet flapper

Make sure you stop any water flow before carrying out this next step. The flapper must create an airtight seal on the opening, or it will cause water to keep running. Cleaning the flapper will indicate whether it is working correctly. Remove the old flapper and replace it with a new one. You can find a replacement by going to most home improvement stores and purchasing a new one.

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When To Call A Professional

    After trying these methods and your toilet is still running, it might be a good idea to call an expert plumber. An experienced plumbing team can repair the issues with your toilet, such as blockages and leaks as well as broken flush buttons. It is best to call a fully licensed plumber who has the experience to fix your toilet from running, replace parts, unblock the toilet, and know how a toilet system works.

    If you also encounter other toilet problems aside from a running toilet, there’ll be signs you need to watch out for to tell you’re in immediate need of toilet repairs. Pay close attention and listen to any gurgling or suctioning noises from other bathroom fixtures, such as the sink or the shower. If you check the toilet’s metal components and see rust or corrosion, the parts have worn out and need to replace them. Don’t delay for rust spreads throughout multiple parts.

    Leaks are the most severe symptoms of a faulty toilet, and you need to act as soon as you see them. Leaks can create further issues, such as water waste, mould, and structural damage.

    If you need to flush multiple times to finish the job, there is likely an issue with the mechanism that handles your flushing, clogged water jets and low water pressure. And if the clogging occurs more than once a week, your toilet might have an issue. Call your trusted expert plumber to do your Sydney toilet repair sooner than later.

    Getting Expert Plumbing Help

    When you flush the toilet, you expect it to stop running after a few seconds. If the bowl keeps running, other problems could need to be quickly managed. If not fixed, this may cause issues for different parts of your plumbing system. Also, think of the wasted water and a spike in your water bill.

    There are many plumbing companies, but you need to find the right team to solve the problem correctly the first time. You need a team that knows how to solve your plumbing problems correctly and stop a running toilet permanently. Solve your plumbing issues the right way and have a stress free home once again.

    If you have any questions or need help with your running toilet, contact us today!

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