The Most Common Plumbing Problems:  Running Toilet

Sometimes getting a toilet to stop running after it’s flushed requires some expert-level jiggling and wiggling of the handle.  If that doesn’t work, repairing this common plumbing problem is a snap and requires little effort.  Between the toilet tank and the toilet bowl there is a flapper valve which, if it doesn’t fit properly, may be causing a running toilet.  Thankfully, this is one scenario where a running toilet is an easy fix and most likely can be repaired with a couple of quick adjustments and without a call to your Louisville plumber. Sometimes however, a running toilet is an indication of a more serious, complicated problem that requires the attention of a professional Louisville plumber.  If you’ve replaced the flapper or tried any self repairs to no avail, there could be another culprit, such as sediment or buildup in the tank or along the seals, causing a leak.  Check your past few water bills against any current water bills to see if it is higher than normal.  A higher water bill could be a sign that you have a leaky toilet. You can check your toilet for a leak by adding drops of food coloring to the toilet tank.  Check your bowl after about 10 to 20 minutes for signs of discoloration in the normally clear water. If the water in your toilet bowl is tinted, then your flapper valve isn’t working properly.  If you decide to tackle the repairs yourself, remember to first shut off the main inlet valve and then flush your toilet.  This will nearly empty your toilet tank and help avoid a watery mess on your bathroom floor.  If you find yourself in over your head, or you’re unable to fix it successfully yourself, ASI Plumbing is just a phone call away.  We can have your toilet back in working order in no time.

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