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  • How to Fix a Running Toilet

    A running toilet is a common problem  every homeowner deals with at some point.  With the annoying noise and mounting water bills is enough to drive a sane person mad with thoughts of ripping the whole thing out! But before you start any major construction or call a plumber, try shaking the handle.  Sometimes the running can be caused by the stopper getting hung up and not allowing the tank to fill to its full capacity. If the running continues after that try these four steps, if it still continues to run call your Home Mechanics.


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    Step 1. Check the chain links or guide rod on the tank stopper, if the chain link is twisted or the guide rod is bent straighten them, occasionally the chain manages to get tangled after many flushes causing the toilet to run constantly. If step 1 does not work continue on to step 2.

    Step 2. There is a floating mechanism called the ‘float ball’ located in the tank, lift the ball listening for the water to stop running. Once the annoying noise stops try bending the float arm down, trying to get the right buoyancy. If the ball feels slightly heavy there could be water in the ball, this will tell you that the ball has to be replaced.
    Replacing the ball is simple just unscrew from the arm putting a new one in its place there isn’t any need to empty the tank unless you do not care to get your hand and arm wet.

    Step 4. Once you have gone through the first three steps and you find that the toilet is still running, the entire flush valve assembly may have to be completely replaced. Always take the old parts with you when replacing your inside gaskets and assembly to ensure the proper fit. If the shaft of the assembly is cracked, the entire shaft and assembly will need to be replaced. When replacing any parts always take them with you saving time and multiple trips back and forth to your local do-it-yourself store or nearest hardware store.

    Step 3. If the toilet is still running, the stopper and valve seat may have hard water build-up or corrosion preventing the stopper from closing. The stopper and valve seat are located on the bottom of your tank, identifying the stopper and valve are simple place your hand inside your tank feeling around for a small round stopper lift the flap up and down, you should feel the water drain into the protected opening. feel for any type of objects that could be blocking the stopper from closing properly. Gently feel around the seat and the rim where the stopper inside the tank opens and closes checking for any damage. Use your fingers feeling for rigid or rough areas around the rim, if there appears to be any damage replace the stopper and valve seat.

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