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Why Does my Toilet Water Keep Running?

Your toilet should stop running water to fill the tank when the water reaches the float. However, the float may be placed too high, in which case water will fill past the maximum height and go into the overflow tube. Flappers can also cause issues if the seal weakens from debris, a chain that’s too long, or just from age (wear and tear).

4 Resons Why Your Toilet Keeps Running

1. Float issues

When you flush your toilet, the fill valve opens to allow water into the tank. The water refills and when it reaches the correct height, the float will rise and close off the water supply. If the float is set too high, the tank will overfill and drain into the overflow tube.

2. Fill valve problems

The toilet will also run water if the fill valve fails and allows water to fill past the float. Water will keep filling the tank and flow into the overflow tube.

3. Weakened flapper seal

There's also a few flapper issues that can cause toilet water to run. The flapper forms a seal on the drain seat keeps the water in the tank until it is flushed. If the flapper is worn out, water will pass through.

4. Flapper chain is too tight

If the flapper chain is too tight the flapper won't seal properly, causing water to pass through. If the flapper chain is too long, the excess chain can get caught under the flapper, preventing it from sealing. Excess sediment or debris in the tank can also cause the flapper not to seal properly.

How to Figure out What's Gone Wrong

  • Remove the lid from your toilet tank and set it aside. Check the water level inside the tank. The water level should be 1/4 of an inch below the top of the overflow tube. Some toilets will have a sticker or mark inside the tank indicating the correct water level. If the water is above that mark or even with the top of the overflow tube, the level is too high.

  • If the water level is not too high, the water could be running into the bowl. Look at the flapper on the bottom of your toilet's tank. You may need a flashlight to see it clearly. Does it look old, worn out, cracked, or chipped? If so, the water is likely entering the bowl from a weakened toilet flapper.

  • If the flapper itself looks good, check the chain attached to the float arm. When the chain is too tight, it can prevent the flapper from closing completely. The chain should have 1/2 of an inch of slack.

What to Do if Your Toilet is Running

A running toilet is usually solved by either replacing the toilet flapper (or wiping it clean if there's debris), adjusting the chain length on the flapper, or adjusting the float level so it's a 1/4 inch below the top of the overflow tube.

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