Every home owner who has spent more than a few years in their home will eventually come up on a toilet that will constantly run. After you flush the toilet, you’ll begin to hear a slow trickle into the bowl. As the water from the tank slowly empties into the bowl, the water will be pumped into the tank to fill it back up. This cycle will continue over and over again until either:
The water is turned off
The problem is fixed
How about we tackle the problem rather than slapping a band-aid on it? Luckily, this is a very simple fix that anyone can perform!
The first thing you’re going to want to do is turn off the water leading into the toilet. At the back of the toilet, usually up against the wall (but also possibly running down into the floor), you’ll find the water shutoff valve. It will likely either be a quarter turn knob or possibly a full rotation knob. Turn the knob in a clockwise motion (lefty loosey, righty tighty). This will stop the flow of water that can get to the toilet. Now you can stop wasting money on your water continually flowing twenty four hours a day.
Remove the lid from the tank of the toilet, and make sure that the chain did not somehow get caught underneath the rubber flap. If the flap cannot seal properly against the base of the tank, there will be a leak to the bowl. If it appears to be sealing properly then it may be time to just replace the rubber flap. Over time, the flap will wear down due to continual use and will slowly lose its watertight seal. This is the most common cause for a leaky toilet.
Head over to your local home improvement store and check out the plumbing section. You’re going to find multiple toilet pump replacement kits. They will have everything from just the seal to the whole inner works. Unless you are sure that the whole inside needs replaced, just go with the rubber flap/chain kit. It should only cost between $8-$12 depending on where you shop.
Once you get back home, double check to make sure that your water is turned off. Flush the toilet to drain as much water from the back of the tank as possible. Then grab a bucket and a sponge to mop up any extra water left in the base of the tank. This will help make your plumbing job a little less wet. Now you’re ready to replace the rubber flap.
Depending on which kit you’ve purchased, you’ll need to follow the steps listed in the instructions provided. Thankfully, to replace a toilet flap, you won’t need any additional tools for the job. The only places you’ll need to work on to actually remove the flap is where the chain meets up to the flap and also the two ears that hook onto the flush valve.
Once the flap has been replaced, turn the water back on by turning the knob counter-clockwise. You may now begin using your newly fixed toilet!