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Should You Worry about a Running Toilet?

toilet in nice bathroomOne of the most annoying problems you might face with your bathroom plumbing is a toilet that won’t stop running. The noise is a nuisance, and eventually the excess water you aren’t using will add up in water costs. A running toilet also means the inability to flush.

But if it’s a guest bathroom or a bathroom you don’t otherwise use on a regular basis, you may be tempted to wait and not worry about it too much. We urge you to reconsider. Be sure to call a professional Raleigh, NC plumber as soon as you notice a running toilet, as it can be caused by any of the following factors.

The Refill Tube is Malfunctioning

This is the component of your toilet that replenishes the water within the tank. The top of this tube should always remain above water level. If it doesn’t, however, then you might here intermittent running.

Float Ball Problems

The float ball is a small ball that sinks down when the tank empties with a flush, opening up the inlet valve on the fill tube. When the tank is filling up, the float ball rises, which closes the valve and stops the filling process. If this float ball is misaligned, or if it is malfunctioning in any way, it might not allow the valve to completely close and, as a result, the water will continue to run.

The Flush Valve Chain is the Wrong Length

The flush valve chain is a component that pulls the flush valve open, allowing fresh water into the tank as used water is flushed out. If this chain is too long, or if it’s too short, then it can start interfering with the ability of the flush valve to properly close.

Flapper Issues

The flapper is another name for the flush valve, and this component needs to seal completely after each flush to keep water from leaking. This component can age to the point of malfunction, or it can start developing mineral deposits or wear down. Any of these issues can prevent it from properly sealing and might require replacement.

Worn Gasket

Your toilet’s gasket is the seal between the tank and the bowl. If it’s worn out, then it allows water to run into your bowl from the tank.

Do You Need a New Toilet?

The problems we mentioned above are all repairable. But what if you keep making repairs to your toilet only to have problems crop up again a short time later? Eventually, you may find that it’s time to replace your toilet. Or, you might have heard of the benefits of low flow toilets, which save you a significant amount of water, and want to upgrade.

This is a great choice, but do make sure that you contact our professional plumbers for the job. There are a few factors to consider when installing a toilet that you may not be equipped to handle. For instance, do you know the rough-in size of your current toilet?

The rough-in is the opening in your floor where the toilet is bolted down. Modern homes have a standard size, but if your home is a few decades old, your rough-in may be bigger than can accommodate a standard toilet.

At One Call Plumbing, we are “blending technology with traditional values.”

Contact us today for reliable plumbing services!

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