Have you ever experienced an unpleasant running toilet? Is your forever flushing toilet giving you night sweats and interrupting a peaceful night’s sleep? Is it as if the toilet is running after you taunting you with fears of how high the water bill will rise?
The good news is that it is not the type of repair that takes too much mechanical ability. It requires a little knowledge and some skill with pliers more than anything else. This is one time doing it yourself is not only recommended but will likely have good results.
Determine If The Toilet Has A Ball
Take the lid off the toilet tank, which is known as the cistern. The water is probably still running. What is happening is that the water is overflowing into the pipe, which prevents the toilet from overflowing from the toilet tank.
The other item of note is the rubberized ball, called a ball valve. It is probably not rising up, which is allowing water to continue running. That means the pipe is taking in water to prevent overflowing. This is what allows the water to keep running.
How To Repair It
At this point, flushing the toilet will further illuminate the problem. In this manner, you can see how the inner workings of the cistern operate, and how the ball valve is letting up too soon.
But first, eyeball the toilet handle. To the back of the cistern in relation to the handle is a screw. It is where the ball valve attaches to the back of the cistern, and how it hinges up and down.
At this point, you can see what is wrong, and what needs to be fixed. Now that you know it involves the tightening of the screw, and where it is located, you can go ahead and make the repair.
You may want to get out some WD-40 to keep the operation of the hinge in good working order. This will help you to enjoy more restful nights for a longer period of time.
Now if you flush, the ball valve will work properly, and bob up into place to close off the pipe. This gives you the blessed quiet, and peace of mind knowing you are not throwing money down the toilet.
What will happen mechanically speaking, is that the water will stop just below the pipe, which stops the water from running, thankfully.
You may have seen people fix the ball valve by replacing it, or even by calling up a plumber. Either of those fixes would cost a good deal of money. The ball valve, in this case, does not need to be replaced, but just tightened. Save some money there. Of course, not having to call the plumber or handyman saves hundreds of big ones.
A forever flushing toilet is annoying and elicits fear in homeowners and landlords who face a hefty water bill every month. Save the handyman’s time and your money for other projects, and try this yourself.