Every time you flush it seems like the toilet runs and runs and runs. Maybe it eventually stops, but it’s well beyond the typical 5-10 seconds you would expect. As long as the toilet is still doing its job, you put off getting it fixed. Unfortunately, a running toilet can be a sign of any number of plumbing problems. Without help from a professional, it can be difficult to tell just how serious it is. In this post, we’ll look at a few of the possible causes as well as some DIY solutions. 

COLOR TEST

We already mentioned the problem of hearing the toilet running long after you’ve flushed. You may not realize how big a problem that is until you get your next water bill.

One easy test involves dropping a few drops of food coloring into the back of the tank. If the water in the bowl changes colors without flush, you have a leaking toilet. Take the lid off and inspect the various mechanisms to see if anything is off or ill-fitting.

FIXING THE PROBLEM

If the rubber “flapper” at the bottom of the tank isn’t flush with the valve, then you’ve got an easy fix! It could be caught on the chain, or something else, or it could just be worn out and allowing excess water to seep through.

Other potential issues could involve the float or refill valve. These can be purchased at any hardware store and installed by a novice.

WHEN TO CALL A PRO

If you’ve tried all that and nothing seems to work, give The Bosworth Company a call. We’ve got experts who can diagnose and fix the problem before your next water bill catches you by surprise. Give us a call today at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. The Bosworth Company is Worth the Call. Always.