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How to Stop a Running Toilet in Your Woodstock Residence

Do you hear your toilet running when no one is using it? This is one of those plumbing issues that can leave you scratching your head, wondering what’s wrong. You may be tempted to ignore the noise, but the constant flow of water will increase your water bill, cause flooding, or damage your septic system over time.

The best way to avoid those problems is to act quickly and stop the water wastage. Woodstock's Emergency Plumber looks at how to stop a running toilet.

Check the Fill Tube

If you're wondering how to stop a running toilet, consider examining the tank.

The design of toilet tanks allows them to constantly measure the water level inside. If the water drops too low (which happens after you flush), the fill valve connected to the water line will adjust and automatically let in water to refill the tank. If there’s a disconnect between the fill valve and the fill tube, it may stop measuring the water levels, allowing a continuous flow of water into the tank.

Check the Float

The float is the plastic ball in the tank that lets the valve know when the water in the tank is at the correct level. If the float setting is wrong, the toilet will keep running. You can adjust the float by twisting the screw or clip until the water shuts off at the right level, as indicated on the overflow tube or the inside of the tank.

Check the Handle 

Your toilet’s exterior handle is connected to the flush rod, which leads to the flapper. If the flush rod is worn, the flapper will not close tightly, allowing water to leak into the toilet bowl. As the water leaks, the toilet will keep running to offset the loss of water in the tank.

Check the Flapper

Sometimes, the flapper is the main cause of the problem. You’ll need to empty the tank to examine it. Use the shut-off valve to stop water from entering the toilet tank and then flush to leave the tank empty. Examine the flapper. If you notice a crack in the rubber seal, it’s time to replace it.

Replace the Flush System

If you’ve checked all the key parts and still can’t stop your toilet from running, you can replace the entire flush system, including the flapper, fill valve, and all other connected parts. Most hardware stores sell inexpensive flush kits you can use. You just need to follow the directions. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to detach the tank from the toilet to install the flapper and ensure a proper seal.

Get Expert Help From the Quick-Pro Plumbing Team in Woodstock, GA

Knowing how to stop a running toilet is one thing; completing the repair process is another. If you’re not cut out for the DIY work or can’t identify the parts covered here, it’s best to call in a professional plumber.

Are you a property owner in Woodstock, GA? Call Quick-Pro Plumbing for your toilet repair and replacement.

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