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One common and irritating home plumbing problem is the constantly running toilet. Not only can this be a waste and increase on your water bill, but the sound itself can also be quite frustrating. So the good news is that this may be an easy fix that you can take care of yourself.

First of all, check to see if the water in the tank is at the established water line. This is the faint ring around the inside of your toilet tank. Your water valve may not be all the way on if it isn’t at the line. If it isn’t, turn it all the way on to see if this fixes the issue. Try doing this before touching anything inside the tank.

Secondly, check to see if your tank is full and if it is filling. A stuck flapper may be the culprit. So try closing the flapper manually, and as you do, see if you can discern the reason it is not closing by itself. The chain may be stuck on something. Does it align with the opening? Also, try adjusting these small issues to see if they correct the problem.

If the problem persists, check the float on the inside of your tank. Make sure it is not dragging against the side or touching anything else. This could affect the toilet’s ability to stop when the tank is full. Lift up on the float, and see if this stops the toilet from running. If it does, adjust the float to rest about an inch below the top of the overflow tube.

In conclusion, if none of the above work, the skilled technicians here at Express Plumbing Heating & Air are ready to help!

Brad Jordan

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