A running toilet can be a nagging and costly inconvenience. If left unrepaired, you’ll see a significant uptick in your utility bill, while foolishly wasting gallons of water. Leaking toilets can cause a lot of damage if it goes unchecked. Instead of allowing this common mishap to affect your wallet and keep you up at night, why not fix it? It’s easier than you think.
If you have ever fixed a VCR, Nintendo or a simple appliance, your toilet should be a piece of cake. Toilets are simple by design. You’ll just need some trusted tools and this play-by-play to get your toilet back to working order.
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Gather your tools and we can begin this adventure together. All you need are some common household tools, such as a wrench, multi-bit screwdriver, and tongue and groove pliers. A drop cloth is effective at protecting the nearby area against spills.
Figure Out Why Your Toilet Is Running
There is a leak somewhere in the toilet. The first step is to find out where it is coming from. To do this, you need to remove the lid from the top of the toilet tank. Next, inspect the flush mechanism for problems with the following parts:
- Toilet Flapper: Is likely the culprit if water is running intermittently but not reaching the overflow tube. You can test the flapper by pushing down on it with a stick. If the water stops when you’re holding it down, the flapper isn’t sealing like it should. Turn off the water supply at the toilet’s shut off valve, drain the water from the tank (by continuously flushing the toilet), remove the chain from the flush handle lever, and install the new flapper.
- Fill Valve: With the tank open, flush the toilet and lift the float arm. Stop the tank from filling when the water reaches about an inch below the overflow pipe, by bending or adjusting the arm, to see if the valve is leaking. If so, you’ll want to turn off the water supply and empty the toilet tank. Once the water supply line is disconnected, unscrew the locknut and remove the valve. If not replacing the valve, adjust the valve spine with a screwdriver and turn it counterclockwise to adjust the float cup, lowering the water level.
- Fill Tube: Replacing a fill tube requires attaching the new one to the fill valve nipple on one end. At the other end, attach the tube to the angle adapter. The tube may need to be shortened to prevent it from kinking. Once both ends are connected, clip the angle adapter to the overflow pipe. You can then turn the water back on and do some test flushes to make sure water is flowing properly.
Sometimes, all you need are some minor adjustments to stop your toilet from running. Adjusting the length of the chain can help because it alters the tension on the flush handle such that a tighter seal is created. If the valve seat, where the flapper valve fits, is coated in sediment and hard-water deposits, then you’ll have to raise the flapper and clean the valve seat. You can do this with a warm washcloth and maybe some lime-scale removal product.
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