How to Fix a Running Toilet

Running toilets waste the water inside the tank thereby increasing your water bill. Fixing a running toilet is not that quite challenging that you won’t even need the help of a professional plumber. You will only need limited number of tools to fix it. It is also not time consuming if you got all the tools and materials on hand.

Here are some easy steps in fixing a running toilet:

1. Examine the Flappe

Try to check first the flapper in fixing a running toilet for it might be defective. Push down the flapper. If the toilet stops running, then it is the issue. Fix it by replacing the defective flapper with a new one. First, turn the water off under the toilet. Flush the toilet to drain out all the water inside the tank and bowl. Next, remove the flapper. In buying a new flapper, choose the one that is identical to the defective one. Then, install the replacement flapper by following the instructions in the package.

2. Check the Fill Valve

In checking the fill valve, flush the toilet and see if there’s a leak. When the tank is filling, elevate the float arm to check if the water stops. When the water level is 1/2 to 1 inch below the top of the overflow pipe, bend the float arm so the water stops filling. Replace it if it still leaks.

3. Remove the Old Fill Valve

In removing the old fill valve, first turn off the water supply and drain the remaining water from the toilet and tank. Detach water supply line and loosen the fill valve locknut. Remove the old fill valve .

4. Install the New Fill Valve

By following the instructions written in the package, fill in the new fill valve into the tank and clench the locknut. Make sure the overflow pipe is not greater than the critical level mark. If so, cut down the overflow pipe with a hacksaw into 1 inch below the critical level mark of the fill valve.

5. Connect the Fill Tube

Connect one end of the replacement fill tube into the fill valve nipple and attach the other end to the enclosed angle adapter. To avoid complication, minimize the tube if needed. Fasten the angle adapter to overflow the pipe.

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