The sound of a running toilet is not only annoying, but it is also expensive. Did you know that a running toilet, if left unattended, can inflate your water bill by hundreds of dollars a month? A running toilet is one of the most common household plumbing problems in America, but it is also easy to fix.
Understanding how to fix a leaky toilet will save you hundreds of dollars by not having to call a plumber and will save you hundreds if not thousands more off your annual water bill. The first thing is to determine if you leak or not. You can use a toilet dye tablet purchased at any hardware store, or you can use plain old food coloring.
Once you have confirmed that you have a leak, you can begin to fix it. In a toilet, there are three central components which can cause a leak. The first is the fill float. This mechanism is responsible for opening and closing the fill valve that fills the tank with water each time a toilet is flushed.
Second is the dump valve. It is usually a small rubber flap that covers the opening in the bottom of tank and is attached by a chain to the discharge handle.
Third is the overflow pipe, which prevents the tank from overflowing by allowing excess water from the tank to drain into the container.
Failure or defect in any combination of these three components can result in a faulty or leaking toilet. This guide will show you how to check each part individually:
Once you have identified and removed the faulty part, you can call the manufacturer for a replacement or take it to any local hardware store, to see if they have a similar part. Be sure to check the manuals for both your toilet and the part in question, or if neither is available, you can check the manufacturer’s website for information.
Leaky toilets are surprisingly easy to fix. They are often caused by defects in the three parts, the fill valve, the discharge valve, and the overflow pipe. Each part is easy to find and replace, and once you know how to fix them; you will never have to suffer from a leaky toilet again.