How To Stop A Toilet On The Run...

A Leaky Toilet Can Cause Monumental Problems, Including
Flooding And A Tremendous Water Bill.....
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Everyone knows that it is not easy being homeowner.  If it’s not one thing
breaking, it’s another.  The cost of having professionals come into your home to
make repairs can be astronomical.  By the time you pay the initial diagnostic fee
and then pay for the labor by the hour, you can run up quite a bill. There are many
things that you can fix yourself with a little direction and a little know-how.  

One common problem is a leaky toilet. A leaky toilet can cause
monumental problems in your home, including flooding the floor underneath,
pooling in your ceiling, and lifting the tiles in the bathroom
. To top it off, your
water bill will go through the roof.  It can be beyond your wildest dreams! In
addition to the money you are wasting, think of all the water that is being
wasted.  Water is a precious commodity that we should be concerned about
conserving, rather than wasting.  A leaky toilet can waste gallons of water every
hour.  If your toilet is running periodically or constantly, read on before you pick
up that phone and call a plumber.
  • Adjusting the plastic-ball type float - The best way to do this is by turning
    the adjusting screw, located at the opposite end of the rod. You can also
    bend the rod slightly if this doesn’t work, but be careful not to bend too much.
  • Adjusting the cylindrical-float type - There is a thin metal rod that
    connects the float to a valve-arm. The rod has a clip that is adjustable. You
    can simply pinch you can pinch this clip and you will then be able to move the
    float further down, once again lowering the water level.

    If when you lift up on the float, the water does not shut off, it means that the
    float is not the problem and most likely, the refill assembly must be replaced.
    Replacement fill valve kits are sold at most home stores and come with
    complete instructions. There are two main types and these differ only in the
    type of float they have, as mentioned earlier. If you have the plastic-ball type
    float, you may replace it with either type; if you have the cylinder float, it
    needs to be replaced with the same kind.

    If the problem isn’t connected to the overflow tube, it may leaking through the
    flapper, at the bottom of the tank. The flapper may not be sealing properly.
    The cause of this can be the pull-chain, a build-up of mineral deposits, or a
    worn out flapper.

  • First, test out the flush handle and look at the pull- chain. After you release
    the handle, there should be a little slack in the chain and the flapper should
    seal completely; if not, simply adjust the chain.

  • Lift the flapper and look at all the surfaces around the seal. Clean area
    thoroughly so the flapper can seal.

  • If you flapper looks worn, just buy a replacement flapper and problem solved.
    You may want to replace the flapper if it is not sealing, even if it does not
    seem worn, just as in case.

If you are able to stop your running toilet, you will be saving water and your water
bill will be much lower.
"Did I use the wrong installation instructions?"
Stop your toilet from running
A Toilet Running
If your toilet is leaking into the bowl rather than on the floor, you can
take care of this yourself.
You will hear water running; the toilet tank sounds
like it is refilling long after flushing. The way to correct this is by adjusting your
water level in the bowl. You can do this by first, taking the top off the tank and
looking for the overflow tube. When the water reaches a level that is too high, it
flows over the top of this overflow tube and then drains into the bowl. When
you hear water running and then and you see the water overflowing into the
overflow tube, it means that the float is not working.  This prevents the toilet
from shutting off, as it should when the tank is full to the correct capacity.

All you have to do is lift up on the float and see if this shuts off the
If doing this shuts off the water, you will need to adjust the float so that it
stops the water when it reaches a lower level. In most toilets, the float is a
plastic ball, about the size of a baseball found on the end of a metal rod.  The
float could also be a plastic cylinder that works by sliding up and down a
plastic shaft. Once you have made the float adjustment, flush your toilet and
watch as the tank refills. If you have done this correctly, the valve should shut
off the flow of water when it reaches a height approximately ¼ inch beneath
the overflow tube. If this still does not solve the problem, and the water is still
going above the overflow tube, try adjusting the float again.
A confused toilet repairman
Plumber fixing a leaky toilet
"This toilet will not run any more...."