That Leaky Toilet Is Impacting Your Bank Account
One of the most used fixtures in your home may also seem like it has one of the simplest designs. Our modern toilet hasn’t changed much since it was originally installed in homes more than a century ago.
While it might be something we take for granted, when it has a problem, quick action can protect you from disaster. Wherever there is water, there is a potential for disaster.
A running toilet is telling you a problem exists. Blockages and burst pipes are the worst of the situation. But in many cases, a running toilet can exist for weeks – months – without causing noticeable damage. The toilet may be in a constant state of flushing. It might be creating an endless stream of water racking up your utility costs.
When a toilet is constantly running, it may make a specific sound. It usually sounds like the noise made right after a flush. The difference is that noise never stops.
You can start by taking off the cover at the top of the tank and having a look inside. There should be a small opening known as a “flapper” that opens up when the toilet is flushed to allow water to refill the bowl. This flapper can become stuck open and demand water even after the process is complete. If you can’t tell if this is the problem, add a few drops of food coloring to the water in the top section. Wait 20 minutes without flushing. The water shouldn’t escape into the bowl. If it does, you can pinpoint the problem lies with the flapper.
Sometimes you can close the flapper, and it will eliminate the problem. There may be a kink in the chain; straighten it out to make sure it isn’t holding the flapper open. Or it may be worn out; replacing it is the only thing that will help.
You can also check the water line. The system will constantly demand more water if it isn’t filling to the water line. The valve and float regulate the water level. If the water line is too high, it can put pressure on the flapper and cause a leak. Adjust the float to varying heights to see if this helps stop the leak.
At times, the problem may lie with old or faulty equipment. While the flapper may be easy to fix on your own, a professional plumber can come in, assess the problem, and offer you many suggestions. A running toilet isn’t a problem providing you fix it quickly. We can help get you back on track, saving water and hefty increases in your utility bills.