What does someone usually mean when they say the toilet is running? It’s usually recognizable as the sound of continuous flushing coming from a nearby bathroom toilet. The water keeps running even though it hasn’t been recently used (which is probably way more noticeable while trying to get a good night’s sleep.) Here are several potential causes and solutions for a running toilet.
First, it might be caused by the flapper, which is the seal in the back of the toilet tank. This seal lifts up whenever you flush the toilet, and it allows water to run into the toilet bowl. If there’s a leak on that seal, water will continuously run into the bowl and go down into the drain (because the bowl has a sort of overflow built into it). Once the back of the tank is depleted, the water will cut on and fill it back up again.
Another potential cause is the float in the back of the tank that cuts water on or off depending on the tank’s water level. If the float fails, the valve connected to it will cause water to overfill the tank, which then runs through the overflow in the tank and down into the toilet bowl. If the toilet has some age on it, it might be a better idea to have it replaced instead of just repairing the faulty parts. If it’s a newer toilet, you can replace the actual float in the valve or the seal in the back of the tank to resolve the issue.
The True Cost
You definitely don’t want to allow toilet issues like these to go on for a long period of time because it can cost you a lot of money. Homeowners are frequently surprised to find out that their toilet issue was responsible for dramatically increasing their water bill. If you use well water at no cost instead of having to rely on city water, you might think it’s no big deal. However, the steady flow of water that comes from a faulty toilet component can cause damage to the septic system, too. It’s not that complicated to get your toilet fixed, so take the initiative before it leads to something much bigger.
Should you try to fix the toilet yourself or contact a professional? There usually isn’t much of a risk if you’re replacing a flapper or doing something inside the tank. It’s much more risky if you are replacing the fill valve and you start messing with the supply line that goes to the toilet tank. That’s where I’d draw the line and recommend getting a professional involved. If not done properly, the line could blow apart and flood your home and/or cause water to run into the walls and floor.