Leaking Toilet? Don’t Worry! Here’s What to Do
Good news! You don’t have to worry about how you’re going to deal with your leaking toilet anymore! Schuler Service has put together some information for you all about why your toilet runs water regularly, and what you can do to fix it!
Your toilet running water is not the end of the plumbing world. In fact, most of the time the problems causing your toilet to leak can be easily fixed by any plumbing professional. Read on to learn a bit more about what you can do to handle your leaking toilet problem, stress-free!
Repair or Replace Your Toilet Flapper
Your toilet flapper is behind your toilet leak more times than not. The flapper is located inside the tank and is responsible for allowing water to flow into the toilet bowl when the toilet is flushed. There are three main types of toilet flappers that can be found in most toilets.
Seat disks are the oldest of the three, and the least popular today. These flappers are large and fit awkwardly in the tank, making them hard to repair when they experience an issue. This explains their decline in popularity once other options became available.
Tank balls, as their name suggests, are rubber balls that sit in the top of the overflow tube and is removed to let water in when the toilet flushes. If the chain that pulls it up is too short, however, it may not be able to return to the appropriate position, allowing water to leak through.
Rubber caps are the most popular option for toilet flappers. Unlike their name implies, rubber caps are often made of plastic, with a rubber ring around the edge. With time, however, that ring can wear thin, creating a space for water to leak through.
Check Other Possible Causes of a Running Toilet
If your toilet flapper seems to be in good shape, but your toilet is still leaking or running water, don’t panic. There are other issues that may be causing the running toilet.
For instance, if the water level inside your tank is too high, it can cause the flapper to rise off of the overflow pipe and water to flow into the bowl.
Another possible cause for a running toilet is a faulty fill valve or float. Any of these issues can be fixed simply and quickly by a Schuler Service professional.
Prioritize Good Toilet Maintenance
Taking good care of your toilet, in general, can help avoid problems like leaking or running water. Something as simple as being intentional about keeping anything other than toilet paper and organic waste out of your toilet can make all the difference!
Another good tip for maintaining your toilet is to clean your toilet bowl regularly with a mild cleaner, and never use over the counter liquid drain cleaners in your toilet. Regularly checking that all of the components in your tank are working the way they should is also a good idea.
Share your own toilet maintenance tips with our readers by posting them in the comments section! If you ever experience a problem like a leaking toilet again, call Schuler Service at (610) 434-7103. Our trusted plumbing contractors work all across the Allentown area to get your plumbing back in working order in no time!