Possible Reasons Your Toilet Keeps Running
A running toilet is a fairly common problem that could be easy to fix depending on the cause. If you always have to jiggle the handle to get the water to stop running in the tank, it's time to call for repairs. A running tank wastes a lot of water, and if it is allowed to run for long periods of time while you don't realize it, then your water bill may soar. Here's a look at some of the causes of a running toilet.
A Kink In The Chain
Check the chain that connects to the flapper that covers the drain hole in the tank. The chain should move freely and not have any kinks in it. Straighten out the chain if it needs it and that might fix the problem. Also, flush the toilet with the tank lid off so you can watch the parts in operation. You may notice that the chain catches on something that keeps the flapper from closing, and when you jiggle the handle, it causes the chain to work loose. This might be an easy fix too if you can reposition the chain, so it operates freely.
A Worn Flapper
If the flapper is cracked or non-functioning then jiggling the handle won't have an effect on the water running. When jiggling stops the problem, that's a sign that the flapper isn't getting a good seal sometimes and other times it is. One possible cause is a flapper that's old and no longer flexible. If it feels stiff, it's time to replace it. Also, try to reposition the flapper if it appears out of alignment with the drain. The flapper should fall straight down on the hole after you press the handle and the water drains out of the tank. When you observe the flush, see if the flapper is pulled to the side or gets caught on something. If so, repositioning it might help, or you might need to have the parts replaced.
A Malfunctioning Float
The float controls water flowing into the tank. When the float drops, water flows in, and when the float is elevated, water stops. The float should sit on top of the water when it is at rest. You can sometimes adjust it by bending the arm slightly, so it has the correct elevation when floating. If the float is cracked, it can't work properly, and it must be replaced to prevent wasting water. The float works by controlling the float valve, and the valve itself could be malfunctioning too. If so, it may need to be replaced.
Your toilet mechanisms get a lot of use so that they can wear out over time. Repairing these parts is a routine job for a plumber even if the entire flushing mechanism needs to be replaced. With new parts that function properly, you can end your worries over constantly jiggling the handle to keep your water bill from escalating.
For more information, contact your local toilet repair service today.