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    Does Your Toilet Randomly Start Running?

    June 22, 2015

    Sometimes does your toilet start running for a few seconds at a time, like its topping off your tank? Usually does this happen throughout the day when the toilet has not been used or flushed? You might even have a flapper that is not showing any signs of leaks or cracks but yet your toilet is still running…like its in a marathon yet it never finishes the race.

    Besides being annoying, a constantly running toilet can cost your serious money. Even though you might only notice it a few times a day it doesn’t mean that its not probably doing this 24 hours a day 7 days a week. A slow leak could add up to 100 and even thousands of wasted gallons of water running down the drain.

    Why is My Toilet Running?

    The typical toilet tank will have a flapper which seals the water in the tank. When you flush the toilet, the flapper is lifted and water is allowed to move from the tank into the bowl. Once a set amount of water has exited the tank, the flapper falls back down and re-seals the tank.

    The most common issue with toilets randomly flushing is that the flapper has become brittle or sediment has formed on the flapper/tank which prevents the flapper making a complete seal. This will allow water to slowly drip from the tank into the bowl. If enough water is permitted to leak out of the tank, the filling mechanism will be triggered and the tank will refill. If enough water enters the toilet bowl, the self-siphonage will be triggered and the bowl will drain into the sewage system.

    Here’s a picture of a typical assembly:

    toilet components

    Checking Toilet for Leaks

    If you want to confirm that your flapper is leaking, pour some food color into the tank and check the bowl a few hours later. If the water in the bowl is discolored, the flapper is not sealing as it should. If you have no food color, you can get blue plumbing dye from any home supply retailer or hardware store.

    Look Inside the Tank

    Get to know your toilet. Lift the cover of the tank to see what’s inside. At the bottom of the water, either a ball or a flapper will be covering a valve that lets water into your toilet bowl when you flush. Flush the toilet to see the valve at work — the problem may become obvious.

    Plumbing Tip

    Before replacing damaged parts, shut off the water to your toilet by locating the valve in the wall behind it & turning it clockwise. Flush the toilet & remove the part; then take it with you to the store to ensure you buy an exact match. The sound of running water is now a thing of the past — and you’ll have the lower water bill to prove it!

    About TitanZ Plumbing

    Titanz Plumbings home office is located in Charlotte County. Kenny and Rachael Lowe grew up in Charlotte County and are raising their family here in Port Charlotte. Titanz Plumbing has service technicians dedicated to the Charlotte County, Lee County and Sarasota County area, from Englewood to North Fort Myers.

    Call us today for any Southwest Florida, Charlotte, Lee or Sarasota County plumbing services you need!

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