Most Common Causes of a Leaking or Running Toilet

If you are having plumbing issues in your bathroom Tyler Cervantes Plumbing is here to help. Most bathroom service calls we receive at Tyler Cervantes Plumbing are for toilets leaking or generally not working. That’s why we decided to explain the most common causes of a leaking or running toilet.

Common Areas Leaks Occur

First, we will discuss leaking. There are two main places where toilet leaks occur. Leaking often occurs either at the anglestop connection between the wall and the toilet or where the base of the toilet connects to the floor.

Water is supplied to the toilet by the anglestop connection at the wall. That is why it is a common area for leaks. If you are experiencing a leak here, there are a few things you can do. First, turn the water off. This will stop continual flow of water to your toilet. To turn the water off, locate the valve at the base of the connection to the toilet. Turn this valve clockwise until the water is turned off. If you do not possess the skills to repair the leak yourself, it is now time to call a plumber.

Leaks from the base of the toilet are more difficult than a leaking connection. If you determine that your toilet is leaking from the base, you need to call a plumber. Repairs at the base of the toilet are more difficult because they require the toilet to be lifted from the floor to install a wax seal.

General Operational Issues

Now to discuss general operational issues. For starters, the anatomy of a toilet includes a tank, tank handle and a bowl. The tank is where the water is held. Also, found in the tank is a fill valve and a flush valve. Now to get serious about operational issues, is your toilet running? Yes? Well, you better go catch it! And here is how. The issue may lie at the flush valve. This is where the flapper is located. If the flapper is not sealing properly, this can cause your toilet to run. The way to fix this is to replace the flapper. It is possible to do this yourself. If you are not comfortable with this, you can also contact us to have one of our trained technicians fix the issue.

Another possible source of the running is at the fill valve. This can often be identified by a noise when a float piece is submerged. Under normal conditions, the float piece will float on top of the water in the tank, indicating when the fill valve should shut off. If the float piece is not working and is submerged, the fill valve will not shut off. This causes a running noise to come from the toilet. The fill valve will need to be replaced if it is determined that is not working. It is possible to replace the fill valve yourself, but again if you are not comfortable call us at Tyler Cervantes Plumbing to do the work for you.

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We hope our explanation of the most common causes of a leaking or running toilet helped you better understand your toilet! You can schedule a service call with Tyler Cervantes Plumbing at 619-252-1360 or fill out the contact form HERE.

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