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Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?

If your toilet does not stop running after flushing, there are a number of potential causes. It is important to find the root of the issue and make necessary repairs as soon as possible, as you are likely losing hundreds of gallons of water every day. To figure out what might be going wrong, take a look inside of the tank at the various parts.

Flush Valve

Does the toilet stop running after you wiggle the flush lever a bit? The problem probably lies with the connection between the flush handle and the tankball or flapper, which is the mechanism at the bottom of the tank that blocks the tank water from draining into the toilet bowl. These parts are typically connected by a chain, which may be catching on something.

Tankball or Flapper Valve

Another cause of a running toilet may be a sticky flapper or tankball, which is supposed to fall back into the drain after the toilet bowl refills. If it is not properly falling, the flapper itself may be damaged or contain a buildup of mineral deposits or warping. Alternatively, the issue may be with the hinge of the flapper, in which case the part may need to be replaced.

Floatball

The floatball, or float, is the balloon-like part of the toilet tank that rises along with the water as the pump refills the tank after flushing. When it reaches a certain level, the pump stops. If the float is damaged, or improperly adjusted, it may be sending the wrong signals to the pump, which in turn, doesn’t know when to stop pumping.

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If you are still unsure about what the problem is, or are unable to repair it, we’re ready to go! Give us a call or request your service and we’ll take care of it for you.

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