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How to Identify and Fix a Running Toilet


A running toilet is a common household problem that can lead to water wastage and high utility bills. If you're experiencing this issue, it's important to identify and fix it as soon as possible. Paws Plumbing is here to take you through the steps of identifying and fixing your running toilet issues.

Why Is My Toilet Running?

The first step in fixing a running toilet is to identify the problem. Some common issues include a faulty flapper, a damaged fill valve, or a leaking flush valve. It's important to pinpoint the exact issue before attempting any repairs. Check the following three toilet parts to help identify the issue:

1. Check the Flapper

The flapper is a rubber valve that controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl. If it's worn out or damaged, it can cause the toilet to run continuously. To check the flapper, remove the tank lid and flush the toilet. If the flapper doesn't seal properly, it's time to replace it.

2. Inspect the Fill Valve

The fill valve is responsible for refilling the tank after each flush. If it's not working properly, it can cause the toilet to run continuously. To inspect the fill valve, turn off the water supply to the toilet and remove the tank lid. If the water level is too high or too low, adjust the float to the correct level. If the fill valve is damaged, it's time to replace it.

3. Check the Flush Valve

The flush valve is responsible for releasing water from the tank into the bowl during a flush. If it's leaking, it can cause the toilet to run continuously. To check the flush valve, add a few drops of food coloring to the tank and wait for a few minutes. If the water in the bowl changes color, it's time to replace the flush valve.

When To Call a Professional

If you're unable to identify or fix the problem on your own, it's time to call a professional plumber. A licensed plumber can diagnose and repair any issues with your toilet, ensuring that it's running efficiently and effectively.

A running toilet is a common household problem that can be easily fixed with the right tools and knowledge. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can identify and fix the issue, saving water and money in the process. If you're still having trouble, don't hesitate to call a professional plumber for assistance. At Paws Plumbing, we offer comprehensive plumbing services, including toilet repair and replacement. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!