Running Toilet Plumbing Services
Problematic and inconvenient at the same time, running toilets are a common reason why Sunshine Plumbing and Gas provides plumbing services to homes and businesses each day. The sound of running water can quickly become background noise, but ignoring a running toilet only means energy efficiency and money running out the door — a running toilet quickly wastes gallons of water while increasing your utility bill.
Our Ocala plumbers have the experience and skills necessary to troubleshoot the cause and make repairs to fix any running toilet, saving you money in the long-term. Letting a seemingly small plumbing issue fester can quickly cause a disaster situation to develop. As soon as you realize the troubleshoot and quick fixes you’ve tried aren’t working, contact our plumbing repair company.
What Are Common Causes Of A Running Toilet?
A running toilet could be the symptom of several different issues with your toilet and plumbing system. Some can be solved with a simple part replacement or adjustment. If issues continue and the toilet keeps running, call a professional local plumber to come take a look.
If your home or business has hard water, minerals build up on the toilet’s mechanisms over time. This buildup causes the mechanisms to jam and seals to break, allowing water to flow, or not, at the wrong times. Mineral buildup in the toilet tank can cause other issues in your Ocala plumbing.
This rubber or plastic cap, commonly known as a flapper, is what keeps water inside the toilet tank. As with any rubber or plastic object, over time the flapper will become brittle as it wears out and allows water to leak from the tank. If the flapper is worn out, replacing it can restore the seal in the toilet tank and solve the problem.
Too Little / Much Water
The ball float is responsible for keeping the appropriate amount of water inside the tank and not overflowing into the bathroom. If it’s set too high, small amounts of water will enter the toilet bowl from the overflow tube, causing frequent refilling cycles. But if the float is set too low, the subsequent low in-tank level of water will trigger refilling more than it should.
What Should I Do For A Running Toilet?
There are a few quick checks you can do to see what could be causing your toilet to run. If you notice the following issues, contact the Ocala and Gainesville plumbers at Sunshine Plumbing and Gas for expert plumbing help, our experienced Ocala plumbers will troubleshoot to determine the plumbing issue with your running toilet. They may need to fix a clogged toilet drain or complete a toilet replacement.
Inspect The Fill Tube
The fill tube is a small flexible tube that runs from the fill valve into the overflow tube. If the fill tube falls off, or if running water doesn’t reach the overflow tube, the toilet bowl will not fill adequately. If the fill tube isn’t placed correctly, reattach it so that it’s about an inch above the rim of the overflow tube. Proceed to flush the toilet and ensure the water flows downward into the overflow tube.
Adjust The Float
Sometimes, due to the frequency of use for toilets in a home or business, the float or refill valve becomes loose over time, letting the water run more than it should. On top of most fill valves you’ll see an adjustment screw. This controls how high or low the float is positioned in the tank. Use a flat-head screwdriver to raise or lower the float to either allow more water into the tank or lessen the flow.
Whether you’d like a professional to inspect your adjustments to the running toilet or you feel more comfortable letting an expert perform your toilet repair, our plumbers in Gainesville, FL and Ocala at Sunshine Plumbing and Gas has you covered. Our technicians will explain each step and answer any questions you may have. We can also provide you with tips for what to do to maintain your toilet in between services.
Check The Flapper
Our knowledgeable plumbers in Ocala, FL will diagnose your toilet to determine the best solution and answer any questions you may have. We can also provide you with tips for what to do for maintaining your toilet in between services.