Reasons Why Your Toilet Keeps Running

Does your toilet keep running? In addition to being annoying, a running toilet is a major waste of water and an indicator of an issue that needs to be addressed. Here are three of the most common causes of a running toilet.

The Float is too High

This is a very common cause of a running toilet. The float’s purpose is to regulate the water levels in the toilet tank, but if the float is too high up in the tank, your toilet will keep on running. Try lowering the position of the float by loosening the screw in the float arm, then tightening it again once you have moved the float down. Try flushing your toilet and see if it’s still running. In many cases, this is the only fix you’ll need! If adjusting the float doesn’t stop the running, you have at least determined what isn’t causing the problem.

The Flapper Needs to Be Replaced

Another very common cause of a running toilet is an old, leaky flapper. As flappers age and wear, they no longer seal properly, resulting in water constantly flowing from the tank into the toilet bowl. If your flapper looks worn and/or you can’t remember the last time it was replaced, it’s probably time for a new one.

The Gaskets are Worn Out

Water can leak out of the tank and into the bowl, causing wasted water and the toilet to refill. The tank needs to be removed from the bowl to make this repair and because of that, it is wise to have an experienced plumber help you out.

If none of these turn out to be the cause of your running toilet, there is likely a bigger problem that needs to be fixed. Trust the experienced pros at Butler Plumbing, Heating & Gasfitting to get the job done right!