Our home’s toilets are appliances that seem very user-friendly. The pattern is to use the toilet, flush, wash hands, repeat. However, our lives can easily become frustrating when the possibility of a running toilet or similar plumbing problem begins to cause water bills to go through the roof.
At Plumbing Dynamics in Carrollton, Texas, we are dedicated to being your go-to source for emergency plumbing fixes. Here are some tips follow to diagnose your problem and its possible cause.
Tips for Diagnosing a Running Toilet Problem
The biggest indicator that your toilet is running is from the sound that it makes. Directly after flushing, there will be the familiar sound of water running. However, whereas it usually stops shortly after, when there is a problem, your toilet continues making this noise.
One interesting way to diagnose a running toilet aside from using your ears is to add some food dye to the water in your toilet’s tank. When your toilet is constantly running you will be able to tell within a few minutes due to being able to track the dye in your tank. If it flows out without flushing, there is a problem. Here are a few of the most common reasons.
1. Your Fill Valve is on the Fritz
The fill valve is what determines how much water fills the tank after a flush. Sometimes these are the floating devices found in the tank, and can also be a cylinder that activates to allow water refills to occur.
Your fill valve always has to be set at the right fill height in order to prevent your toilet from overflowing. If you think a fill valve is your problem, a local plumber can come out and either replace the device or help you reset it to its proper setting.
2. Check Your Fill Tube
The device that actually replaces the water into your bowl after flushing can also be a root of your problem. This device can spring a leak or even become dislodged, causing your toilet to continuously attempt to refill.
3. Your Toilet Flapper May Need to Be Replaced
Your toilet flapper lets water out of the toilet and then seals in order to allow water to properly refill the tank. If your toilet flapper isn’t sealing, your toilet will always be running. Your plumber will be able to help you determine if your flapper is damaged and needs to be replaced. While this is a quick fix, it’s both a sanity and a money-saver in the long-run.
Bring in the Professionals at Plumbing Dynamics to Fix Your Plumbing Issues
With the holidays approaching, the last thing you want to worry about is a running toilet or any other type of plumbing problem. If your home is moving a little slower because of its plumbing, don’t spend your holidays trying to figure it out on your own.
Plumbing Dynamics is Carrollton’s local plumbing company that specializes in emergency plumbing jobs.
Contact us today to find out more about our services and how we can get your plumbing holiday-ready!