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How To Fix A Running Toilet

plumber minneapolis | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainsDealing with a stubborn, running toilet? Believe it or not, it doesn’t take much to fix the problem. Follow the tips below to get your toilet back in tip-top shape.


Replace The Flapper

The flapper is the rubber stopper that lifts to release water into the bowl when you flush. A defective flapper is a common cause of a running toilet since it deteriorates over time. To test it, push down on the flapper and if the toilet stops running immediately you’ve identified the issue.

Check The Fill Tube

So pressing down on the flapper didn’t solve the problem. What’s next? It might be the fill tube – the small plastic tube going from the fill valve to the overflow pipe. If you find that the tube is submerged under water, cut it back so it clears the water level.

Ball Float vs. Cup Float

If you have an older toilet, chances are it has a ball float. If it’s set too high, it forces the water level to rise above the overflow pipe and the tank will never stop draining. All you need to do to fix this problem is bend the arm. Have a new toilet? Fix the cup float by sliding the float down the central tube it sits around.

If none of these remedies solve the problem, you may have a more serious issue. If this is the case, give the experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air and Drains a call today! Remember to connect with us on Facebook for more plumbing and heating news and updates!

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