A leaking or running toilet is a nuisance, but did you know it also costs you money? A toilet that is continuously trying to replenish its water supply is using constantly running water. This can waste an astounding 22 gallons of water a day! If you have been dealing with a running toilet for over a year, this equals the equivalent of 8,000 gallons of water. However, there are a few different approaches you can take to fix your leaking or running toilet:
- Faulty Valves: The seals on toilet valves can wear down over time, causing water to run in the toilet’s tank constantly. Most toilets have both a flush valve and a fill valve, so you will need to determine which one needs to be replaced or replace both at the same time. The valves can be purchased individually, but you can also buy a complete valve replacement kit.
- Loose Handles: The handle you flush the toilet with loosens over time, and this will cause your toilet to run constantly. If your toilet leaks, you may need to replace the entire flush handle.
- Broken Parts: Flappers, chains, and float rods can all succumb to wear over time, “tricking” your toilet into thinking the water level in the tank is insufficient. This will also cause a constantly running toilet. The metal components of these parts can also rust, causing them to become faulty over time.
At A Step Above Plumbing Inc., we can help with any plumbing issue you may have, big or small, including a toilet that won’t stop running. Check out our website for testimonials, services, and hours of operation!