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Toilet: Water Runs Continuously


When water continuously flows into the toilet bowl, this can waste a lot of water, costing the homeowner a lot of money, so it should be fixed as soon as possible.

One of the causes may be a damaged float ball or float rod. When the tank re-fills, the float ball is supposed to rise with the water level and shut off the water at a certain point. But, if the float ball or float rod aren't working correctly, they won't shut off the water like they should. If this is the case, you simply need to replace the damaged part. It's easy to do, just turn off the water supply and flush the toilet to empty the tank. Remove the old float ball and/or rod by unscrewing counterclockwise. Screw on the new part and turn on the water supply. If the water supply is too high, it can be adjusted by bending the float rod down, or if the water supply is too low, bend the float rod up.

A problem with the toilets tank ball or flapper is another common cause for a running toilet. Once the toilet has been flushed the tank ball or flapper is supposed to drop down and close off the tank from the bowl. But, there are two things that may prevent that from happening. One, the tank ball, or flapper may be worn or damaged, preventing it from making a tight seal and allowing some water to get through. Two, the lift chain, or lift wire may not be lowering the tank ball or flapper enough to properly seal off the tank. With both of these problems, the tank will keep trying to fill up with water, but it won't ever reach the shut off level. Fixing this problem is simple. Repair or replace the problem part... the tank ball, flapper, lift chain, or lift rod.

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