When it comes to toilet troubles, the dreaded clogged and overflowing toilet bowl is one that can send most homeowners into a temporary state of panic. But things can wrong with your toilet tank, too, but usually they’re a lot easier and less stressful to resolve.
Let’s have a look.
Toilet won’t stop running.
A continuously running toilet is more than annoying – it can be quite wasteful and costly as it constantly sends clean water down the drain.
- First, check the handle to see if it’s loose or broken.
- If the handle seems intact, remove the tank lid and check to see if the chain that connects the flushing handle to the ball valve is loose, tangled, or broken, as it could be preventing the ball valve from closing completely.
- Also check the ball valve for damage. Does it close on its own, or is it stuck?
Toilet doesn’t fill with enough water.
When this happens, too little water is being sent into the bowl following a flush, and that could result in your toilet clogging.
- Is the toilet water supply valve in the open position? Turn it to the right, then to the left, and see if the tank starts filling up with water.
- If the water supply valve is fully open, you could have a problem with the float level. In an older toilet, you can adjust the float level by bending the metal arm upward. Newer toilets either have a small clip that you can pinch and slide the float up along the rod, or a screw that you turn, one that’s located on top of the float.
- The fill valve could be clogged. The fill valve is what moves water into the tank over time, it can become clogged with mineral deposits or debris. Shut off the water to the toilet, remove the fill valve cap, and let the water run for a few seconds to flush out the debris. If this doesn’t work, you may need to replace the fill valve.
Cracks in your toilet tank are pretty easy to locate and repair, especially those above the water line. But whatever the problem, count on Boden Plumbing Heating & Air for assistance if you don’t have the time, tools, or inclination to fix it yourself. We’re your home plumbers for every reason and every season, and we look forward to help making your life a little more comfortable, convenient, and plumbing-problem free.