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How To Fix Your Running Toilet

Let’s be honest, the sound of a running toilet is not quite the background, white noise you are going for during your workday. Not only do running toilets cause an annoying soundtrack to your day, but they also slowly run water, wasting an immense amount of the resource and causing your monthly water costs to skyrocket. So, if you are plagued by the constant sound of your toilet malfunctioning, try these three techniques to resolve your running toilet problem:

Jiggle The Handle

If your handle is not returning to its neutral state, your toilet will continuously run. The chain may be getting stuck, or it may be too loose. Moving the handle up and down can help the flapper fall back into place, or release the chain from obstruction. If the handle returns to its original place, and the running water stops, this troubleshooting tip worked! If you still hear water flowing, try our next trick!

Adjust The Chain

The chain in your toilets tank is responsible for lifting your flapper, flushing your waste. When this chain is unaligned or loose, it needs adjusting. Open your tank and check your chain. If it looks like there is a lot of slack on the chain, shorten the chain until it is taught. This should restore proper function and stop your toilet from running.

Replace The Flapper

Your flapper can deteriorate. If this rubber piece looks like it is starting to break apart, the seal that keeps water from cycling is not airtight anymore. Your flapper will need replacing. Here are some signs that indicate it is time for a new flapper:

  • It's becoming loose and easily slides off.

  • It's beginning to fall apart.

  • The handle of the flapper no longer connects to the chain.

If none of these troubleshooting techniques stop your toilet from running, contact your local plumbing experts for repairs. We here at Brownie's Septic and Plumbing, LLC will be able to find the source of your toilet malfunction. Just give us a call at (407) 890-0116! Our team is practicing the CDC recommended protocol to ensure both our client and technician’s safety.

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