Running Toilet? How To Repair This Issue

A toilet that is running can not only be an annoyance; it is a waste of water. If you don't repair your toilet, you could end up with an expensive water bill. Prevent this from happening to you by making the repair yourself. Read on for instructions on how to repair a running toilet.

Instructions For The Repair:

  1. To start, remove the toilet lid so you can see inside, and turn off the water to your toilet. The shutoff valve is usually just behind the base of the toilet.
  2. Inspect the flapper inside the tank. This part is the round rubber piece that covers the opening at the bottom of the tank. Look for any signs of damage such as broken clips. Also, inspect the chain and other parts of your toilet for damage.
  3. You'll need a new flapper, which you can find at your local hardware store. Take your flapper into the store with you to match the new flapper with the old one. Not all flappers are the same size. 
  4. Put the new flapper in place by clipping it into place and attaching the chain. Make any necessary adjustments to the flapper, so it covers the tank opening entirely.
  5. Turn the water valve back on to your toilet and flush the toilet once the tank fills up. You're listening for the water to stop running once the water fills back up. If you're still hearing the toilet run, make adjustments to the flapper.

 A running toilet can also be caused by a leak in the toilet tank from a crack in the tank. Check your toilet tank for cracks, especially where it bolts to the toilet bowl. If there is a crack or the rubber gaskets around the bolts have cracked or dry rotted this may lead to a leak in the tank. Inspect this area for damage and leaks, and make the necessary repairs or replace the toilet altogether.

If you need to replace your toilet, which may happen if it's on the older side, you can do this by turning off the water valve. Flush the toilet to get rid of the water in the tank, then remove the tank and the toilet bowl. Remove the old wax ring and place a rag inside the opening to prevent odors from escaping. Add a new wax ring, then set the new toilet in place, using the bolts that came with the toilet. Add the new tank and attach the water line. 

If you are experiencing issues with your toilet, or need a new one put in, call your local plumbing repair services for help if you aren't sure how to do this repair yourself.