What to Do if Your Toilet Won’t Stop Running

January 18, 2019

It’s happened to the best of us. You wake up, walk to the bathroom, only to discover the toilet’s been running all night. Beyond the sound of a running toilet, it’s also flushing money right down the drain. So what are you supposed to do when your toilet won’t stop running? There are a number of things that professionals from Poway plumbing companies recommend. Here are a few tips.

Check Under The Lid

In the old days, you could jiggle the handle of the toilet. From time to time, this helps correct the problem but is still a basic fix for older toilets alone (if you do have an older toilet, try to jiggle the handle to see if it corrects the problem). Your best option is to first remove the lid and check the fill tube. The fill tube runs out of the overflow tube (you’ll know this as it is the open-topped tube). Make sure the fill tube is connected to the overflow tube and fill valve. If it is disconnected, make sure to reconnect it.

Change the Fill Height

If the fill height is off in the toilet, the water will continue to run. Ideally, this needs to be set about an inch under the top of the overflow tube. So check the float that is connected to the fill valve. If it isn’t an inch above the overflow tube, adjust it down or up to give it the necessary height. This should fix the problem if the fill height was off. However, if you find that it continues to revert back to the previous fill height, it probably means your float is broken. Replacing the float will prevent this problem from continually happening. It’s an inexpensive fix and you shouldn’t have any problem picking up a replacement at your local home improvement store.

Contact the Professionals

If you have performed the first two steps and your toilet is still running, it means there’s another problem that needs fixing. Contact professionals to come and take a look. If your toilet continues to run even after performing these fixes, now is the time to pick up the phone and give Marklein Plumbing a call. It is one of the most reputed Poway plumbing companies and can help with all your plumbing needs. Contact us today.

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