Leaky or runny toilets can really be hectic especially when you have visitors or when you just want to use the toilet urgently. Most toilets get leaking or runny issues when there’s much clogging within. Getting a plumber is also quite challenging or tricky at times, especially when it is very late at night. One of the most common causes of a running toilet is usually a flapper which doesn’t seal or if the flapper is shot. The fixes can be straightforward even if you do not have any plumbing experience, as long as you know what the issue is.
Runny Toilet Basics
There are some basics you need to have when fixing your toilet, such as the plumbing tools, toilet fill valve, openers such as pliers, hacksaw.
How to fix Leaky or Runny Toilets
Step 1: Test the toilet Flapper
When you hear the water running in the toilet, you need to push down the flapper with an object such as a stick until it stops. The flapper may not be sealing properly if it stops, and it would be therefore important to replace it. You can also check the fill tube length and cut it to a half inches over the water line.
Step 2: Look for a Leak in the fill valve.
Look for a leak in the fill valve when you flush the toilet. You can also lift the arm of the toilet as it fills to check whether the water flow will stop. Adjust the float arm in such a way that the water stops flowing when the water level is at 1/2 or at least 1 inch below the overflow pipe. If the leakage continues, you can replace the fill valve.
Step 3: Install a new Fill Valve.
Once you get a new fill valve, insert it as detailed in the instructions and also ensure to fasten the locknut at a half turn tight. If the overflow pipe is higher than the fill valve even at maximum height, you can opt to shorten it with a cutter or hacksaw. This is because it needs to be 1 inch lower than the critical level.
Step 4: Connect/ Fix the Fill Tube
Attach a new fill tube to one end to the nipple of the fill valve and the other end to the enclosed angle adapter. This adapter can also be clipped to the overflow pipe. Finally attach the flapper chain to the flush lever then turn the water on to test if it is fixed.
When fixing the toilet on your own, it is important to ensure that you have all the tools you need just before you start the DIY process. It is also very important to ensure you completely close the water flow to avoid any mess. When it comes to replacement of parts such as the flappers or even fill valves, it is also important to inquire from professionals as not all may be compatible. You can also confirm and verify the exact connections just before removing a replacement part to ensure perfect fixing. This is because improper fixing even during replacement can cause the leakage issues. However, if all this doesn’t work, you can just opt for a plumber.