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How to Stop Your Running Toilet

Is your toilet running constantly, making that annoying sound and causing water wastage? Don’t worry, you can save water and put an end to the running toilet with a few simple steps. Follow this guide to resolve the issue and avoid unnecessary water bills and potential damage.

Materials Needed:

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Adjustable wrench
  3. Replacement parts (if necessary)

Step 1: Identify the Problem

Before you start fixing your running toilet, it’s important to determine what’s causing the issue. There are usually two common culprits:

  1. Flapper Valve: If water is constantly leaking into the toilet bowl, the flapper valve may be worn out or misaligned.
  2. Fill Valve: If the tank keeps filling up even when it’s not supposed to, the fill valve may be malfunctioning.

Step 2: Turn Off the Water Supply

Locate the water supply valve, usually located on the wall behind or beside the toilet. Turn it clockwise (right) to shut off the water supply to the toilet. This will prevent any water from filling the tank during repairs.

Step 3: Remove the Tank Lid

Gently lift the tank lid off and place it in a safe spot where it won’t get damaged.

Step 4: Check the Flapper Valve

If you suspect the flapper valve is the issue, follow these steps:

  1. Inspect the flapper valve for any visible damage or misalignment. If you notice any issues, it may need to be replaced.
  2. To replace the flapper valve, disconnect it from the flush chain or mount and take it to your local hardware store to find an exact replacement. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the new flapper valve.

Step 5: Check the Fill Valve

If the fill valve is the likely problem, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the fill valve, which is usually a tall assembly in the center of the tank.
  2. Adjust the float level by either bending the float arm or adjusting a screw or clip on the fill valve. The goal is to set the water level about 1 inch below the overflow tube.
  3. Turn the water supply back on and check if the tank fills to the adjusted level. If it doesn’t, you may need to replace the fill valve. Again, take the old one to the hardware store to find the right replacement and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.

Step 6: Test Your Toilet

With the repairs completed, turn the water supply back on and allow the tank to fill. Flush the toilet a few times to ensure it’s working properly. If the problem persists, it’s best to consult a professional plumber.

Step 7: Replace the Tank Lid

Once you’ve confirmed that your toilet is no longer running, carefully place the tank lid back on and secure it.

Step 8: Clean Up

Dispose of any old parts and tools properly. Ensure there are no water leaks or drips in your bathroom.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully stopped your running toilet, saved water, and prevented unnecessary water expenses. If you encounter any difficulties or the problem persists, don’t hesitate to contact Archie’s Plumbing for professional assistance. We’re here to help with all your plumbing needs.

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