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How To Stop Your Toilet From Running: A Step-By-Step Guide

If you are plagued by the constant gurgling of a running toilet, it is time for you to do something about it. You should not have to perpetually listen to running water, not to mention, you are wasting both the resource and your money. When your toilet is running, your water bill will skyrocket. So how do you resolve a consistent running problem?

Follow these troubleshooting steps for toilet repairs:

Check The Handle

Start off by jiggling the handle on your toilet. If it seems like the handle is loose or stuck, you will need to open up the top of your tank. Sometimes, the handle’s chain can get stuck or become loose, causing the handle to fail when you go to clear the bowl. Shaking the handle a bit can release the chain from obstruction, allowing the flapper to fall back into its rightful place; however, if the chain has too much slack, you will need to proceed to the next step.

Shorten The Chain

If your chain was not obstructed, it may be too long. If this is the case, you will simply need to adjust it! The goal is to have a chain that sits almost taught when your flapper is closed. If you have too much slack on the chain when you go to flush your toilet, the flapper will fail to lift and re-seal, and your toilet can begin to run. Adjust the chain until you find that sweet spot, and the running should stop!

Replace Your Flapper

Just like all things, your flapper is subject to wear and tear. Deterioration inevitably occurs over time. Here are the signs your flapper is in need of replacing:

  • The flapper is loose and consistently slides off of the seal.
  • The flapper is damaged and falls apart.
  • The flapper is no longer connected to its chain.

If any of the above are true for you, update your flapper and your running toilet should be resolved.

If your toilet is still malfunctioning, contact ServiceOne Air Conditioning & Plumbing at (407) 499-8333! From repairs to replacement, we have your back!

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