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3 Reasons Your Toilet Won’t Stop Running (With Fixes)

June 12th, 2023 | 2 min read

By admin

You flush your toilet, and while you wash your hands, the sound of rushing water from the toilet tank stops. It’s filled back up with water and stopped… at least, it’s supposed to. Right now, it’s still running and there’s no sign of stopping. What do you do?

If it doesn’t stop, you need plumbing service in Hood River, OR to help handle it for you. Let’s talk about the three main reasons this could be happening, and what you can do about it.

You Need to Adjust the Float Height

The back of your toilet where the flusher is connected is called your tank. This has a float (sometimes referred to as a float valve, but it’s all the same). It’s what’s responsible for your toilet bowl filling up with water, but it’s also what prevents more water from coming in at the same time.

When the float is high, your toilet bowl will run water. If you want, you can try to adjust this on your own, but it may be that the valve just doesn’t function properly anymore. They break from wear and tear over time. If that’s the case, a replacement is in order. You can replace it on your own, or you can contact us to do it for you.

The Refill Tube Is a Tad Bit Too Long

Refill tubes come in different lengths, but they’re usually cut down to match your specific toilet. Since there are so many different brands and sizes of toilets, the tube is easy to cut to size, but sometimes it can be done improperly and left a little bit too long.

You can shorten the tube, but that might not be quite enough to fix the issue. It’s hard to diagnose the exact problem over a blog post, but this is usually where you end up calling a plumber to help you with it. Especially since the issue with your toilet might not even be the refill tube in the first place.

Your Flapper is Leaking

Read that sentence back. You know it sounds funny. The flapper in your toilet is what allows the flow of water, or it prevents it entirely depending on the current need. If the flapper leaks, water just keeps flushing down the toilet bowl, usually really slowly at first. As the flapper degrades, it may speed up.

It’s easy enough to diagnose. They need to be replaced every five to eight years as it is, and over that time, it’s not uncommon for the edges to crack and break. It’s likely endured over 10,000 flushes by that point when you think about it.

Your Toilet Isn’t Doomed

Run into any of these problems, or perhaps others not covered on this brief list? That’s where we come in. You can give us a call today to fix the issue for you, inspect your toilet while we’re at it, and make sure everything’s running ship shape.

Contact us today to schedule your bathroom or kitchen plumbing services as soon as possible and stop the stress.