Running toilets can waste 200 gallons per day. This leakage is 25 times more than a leaking shower and four times more than a leaking faucet.
Did you know that running toilets can waste up to 200 gallons per day? This leakage is 25 times more than a leaking shower and four times more than a leaking faucet. That is a lot of water wasted since the flow is continuous. Understanding the importance of this wasted water can save you a lot of cash. Running toilets results in more water wastage than any other plumbing malfunction.
A running toilet will cost you thousands of dollars if left unattended. This means that you are draining your hard-earned money down the drain. Watch out for signs of a running toilet. These signs include constant filling of your toilet, telltale sounds, and dripping water. An increase in your utility bills can also indicate a running toilet.
Causes of a Running Toilet
Any of the following factors can cause a running toilet:
a. Flush Valve/Flapper Seal: A failing flush valve or flapper seal is the most common factor that causes a running toilet. Modern toilets use a flush valve while the old toilets use a flapper seal. With time, the seal in the two systems becomes warped and thus allows the free flow of water from the tank to the bowl.
To replace the flapper seal, disconnect the water from the main supply. Flush the toilet and dry out the remaining water in the bowl. Unhook the warped flapper and replace it with a new one of the same type. Installation instructions usually come with the package. Ensure the flapper seal covers the gap completely leaving no room for even a little slack.
b. Fill Valve: A leaking fill valve will lead to a continual flow of water in your toilet. To determine the effectiveness of the fill valve, lift the float arm while the water is refilling the bowl after flushing. If the water continues flowing, then the fill valve is worn out and needs replacement.
To replace the fill valve, turn off the water supply. Then flush the toilet and sponge the water that remains in the tank. Unscrew the locknuts after disconnecting the water supply. Remove the old fill valve and replace it with a new one. Tighten the locknut with your hands to ensure the water stops flowing.
c. Corroded Handle: An old, corroded, or stiff handle will remain down for a while when you flush your toilet. If the handle continues to remain in that position, then water will run until the handle returns to its position. This problem is manageable by replacing the corroded handle or tightening the loose handle.
d. Flapper Chain: The flapper chain ensures the flapper seal sits in its place. If the chain is too short the seal may leave a gap that allows water to flow through. A longer chain will get in the way between the flapper seal and the gap thus allowing the free flow of water. This problem is rectifiable by adjusting the chain.