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How To Fix A Running Toilet

Posted on 4 April 2023
How To Fix A Running Toilet

A running toilet isn’t just annoying — it can also waste a significant amount of water and increase your water bill. Fortunately, many running toilet issues can be easily resolved by identifying and fixing the root cause of the problem. 

Let’s start with the basics of the toilet itself. The modern toilet is a simple and efficient appliance. While there have been some important toilet innovations made within the past century or so, the basic parts have remained surprisingly the same. 

At the most basic level, a toilet consists of a base or bowl that the user sits on and the toilet tank that collects and transports water from a water source to the bowl. When it comes to understanding how it works to provide everyday convenience, here are the 3 basic toilet tank parts you should know if your toilet is running all the time. 

  • Refill tube. This flexible plastic tube trickles water into the toilet bowl after a flush. Its primary function is to ensure there’s a small amount of standing water at the bottom of the toilet bowl to prevent sewer gases from entering your bathroom. These tubes can crack and leak over time—when they do, reach out to your plumber for an efficient fix.
  • Float. A toilet float is an aluminum or plastic ball located in the toilet tank, and it functions to maintain appropriate water levels in the tank. If you’re noticing the toilet won’t stop running—you might need to install a new float.
  • Flapper. You’ll find the flapper—a small rubber stopper—inside the base of the toilet tank. When you press on the toilet handle with enough force, it lifts the chain, in turn raising the flapper, sending clean water into the toilet bowl. Once the water is released, the flapper returns into place to close the hole at the base of the toilet tank. If your toilet is leaking, it could be due to a failing flapper. Reach out to a plumber to learn more about this simple fix.

Need help with replacing any of these above parts on your running over toilet? Our team can help, contact PipeMasters at info@pipemasters.ca or call (289) 404-9063 right away for a quick and efficient repair.

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