According to data released by the Environment Protection Agency a constantly running toilet could waste about 200 gallons of water a day. Fixing the running toilet in your home can, therefore, reduce your utility bill apart from giving you the satisfaction of having done your bit toward ensuring a greener tomorrow. Some people say the EPA destroys jobs and forces businesses to invest overseas because of some goofy rules but this is not one of them. Just because a dictation is coming from the EPA, it does not mean that is based on fake science. The constant sound of water running in your toilet and the toilet tank getting filled can soon become a major source of irritation. However, a running toilet is not just a nuisance as it can increase your water bill and could cause problems in your septic tank. Even a minor leak on from the toilet tank into the bowl can result in the loss of many gallons of fresh water in a week.
Simple Solutions. Often a running toilet is caused by a simple malfunctioning part that can be fixed by most people who are handy with tools. Before you call a plumber to look at your running toilet, try these simple solutions. Remember to cut of water supply to the toilet tank before you open it. Also, even though the toilet tank stores fresh water, it is a good idea to wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after you finish working on this project. Remove the lid of the toilet tank and inspect the interior. This will often help you locate the problem in the tank. A visual inspection can reveal sedimentation, broken parts, clogged inlets, and other problems that can be fixed without too much effort. Sometimes the inlet pipe to the tank can get clogged resulting in uneven water flow. This will cause a running toilet. Just clean the inlet to fix the problem. The sediments in the inlet pipe can be removed using a brush or wire. Guide rod and chain: Check the guide rod or chain in the toilet stopper. If the chain is twisted or the rod is bent, straighten these to stop the running. Sometimes the length of the chain is the cause of the problem. An extra-long chain can become tangled while a short chain can prevent the mechanism from functioning properly. By adjusting the length of the chain, you should be able to stop your toilet from wasting water. The valve seat and stopper might be corroded or damaged because of sediments. You need to first try and clean them. If this does not fix the problem, you will need to replace them. In some cases the entire flush valve assembly might need to be replaced. For this you need to first remove the assembly and take it to a hardware store to get the appropriate replacement. You then have to install the new system in your toilet tank. Those who are handy with tools and have the time to spare can try doing this on their own.
A few things to keep in mind.
Flapper: Old flappers become stiff and prevent automatic closure. By replacing the flapper, the running toilet will be fixed.
Float: The float in the toilet tank needs to be above the water level to stop water overflow. Sometimes, water enters the float and submerges it. This happens when the float is damaged or punctured. Just unscrew the float and screw on a new one to stop water wastage.
Rubber seals: The flush valve and flapper have rubber seals that can get damaged over time. Replacing them with new seals will often fix a running toilet.
Lever: The lever connected to the float can break because of constant use. Replacing this can ensure that the float is position properly and fix a running toilet.
Act promptly to fix a running toilet, instead of silently putting up with the inconvenience when water and your money are drained away. The cost of fixing the toilet can be recovered in the savings from your water bill. And if you live in Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, or LA, you know how precious fresh water is.