How to Fix a Running Toilet

How to Fix a Running Toilet?  Running toilets waste a ton of water (around 2 gallons per minute) and make noises.  It’s normal to resort to jiggling the handle as a solution, but this doesn’t solve the problem.  Take note, fixing a running toilet can be easy.

Let’s diagnose your running toilet’s problem first. Remove the cover of the tank and observe the flushing cycle.  If the water is constantly running it most likely means that the flush valve is not  closing completely and it’s letting water slip out.  Check the alignment of the flush valve or more commonly called the flapper. Is it covering the opening? The flapper most likely is worn out and in need of replacement.  Also, check to see if the tank ball is sticking.  If the flush handle is sticking in the “up” position simply loosen the nut that holds the handle to the tank wall.

If you are still having issues, it’s time to call a plumber!