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How To Fix A Toilet That's Always Running

image Before you can fix the toilet, you must first figure out why it is always running. Therefore, the first step is to remove the lid and inspect the parts inside (I know it may seem gross to have to stick your hands in the water, but I assure you the water in the tank is clean.)

5 Parts of the Toilet


  • The flush lever

  • The rubber flapper that is attached to the flush lever that blocks the water from descending into the toilet bowl.

  • The pump that refills the tank with water after you flush it and it empties.

  • The float that raises and lowers as the water level goes up and down; it lets the pump know when to go and when to stop.

  • The overflow tube, which sets the water level in the tank.Before you begin to inspect the five parts of your toilet found under the lid, you should turn off the water that is connected to the toilet. There should be a silver colored valve or knob behind the toilet; turn it all the way to the right until it stops.

2 Most Common Causes of a Running Toilet


If the cause of your running toilet is one of the following two you may be able to repair it yourself. If you need help or find that one of these common problems is not the issue, we recommend you enlist the services of Hammond Services

  • Chain Problems – If the link between the toilet flush lever and rubber flapper that it is attached to is unconnected, simply reconnect. If the chain is too short it will constantly pull on the rubber flapper even if the lever is not moving (flushing). If that is the case, you can replace the chain with a new one that has a longer length or an aluminum ball. If the chain is too long, then shorten the chain by moving the clip down a few links.

  • Bad Rubber Flapper – The rubber flapper can break, leak or warp. To check and see if the flapper is working properly, flush the toilet and allow all the water to drain from the tank. Gently unhook the rubber flapper to get a better look. If the flapper is dirty, try cleaning it first and once the buildup is gone that may solve your problem. If you find that it is broken (chipped plastic or warping) replace the rubber flapper.

If you’re still having problems with your toilet running contact Hammond Services. We are more than happy to provide you with information, answer your questions and set up an appointment to come out and repair your toilet.

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