Causes of a Running Toilet – Get a Miami Plumber

toiletEveryone has been there, staring at their toilet that is constantly running, jiggling the handle repeatedly, wondering what the problem could be. A running toilet is a very common problem caused by different things. There are simple and easy fixes for most, you just have to isolate the problem. If you fail to find the cause, don’t hesitate to call your local Miami plumber for assistance. The inside of the tank of a toilet can look complex, but really it’s rather simple. If you are wary of continuing, call a Miami plumber before proceeding.

By checking each part of the system, you can determine the cause of the continuous running. If the water level in the tank is very high and rises over the overflow tube— the slender, open tube in the tank— your float level may need to be adjusted. Your toilet will either have a ball float which is a ball at the end of an arm, or a cup float which resembles a closed cup encircling a tube. Lowering the float will lower the water level and ensure that water doesn’t continue to flow into the overflow tube. Next check the chain and the flapper valve.

The flapper is a ball or flap at the bottom of the tank that covers a drain. When you flush the toilet this valve opens to release the water into the toilet bowl. If the flapper is old it may be warped or deteriorated, leaving the seal broken and allowing water to continuously drain into the bowl. If this isn’t the problem, check the chain attached to the flapper. It may be broken or of inadequate length. If the chain is too short or long the flap can get propped open and constantly drain the tank.

If you can’t tell by looking if these fixtures are the problem, put a few drops of food coloring into the water of the tank and watch to see if the color seeps into the toilet bowl. When replacing parts in your toilet, make sure to turn off the water supply. You can remove the part and take it with you to the hardware store to be sure you get the correct part. If you have checked everything mentioned and still can’t find the source of the problem, contact a local Dade County FL plumbing professional today.

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