A toilet may run periodically due to a problem with the flapper, the flapper seal, the flapper chain or a high float. Problems with any of these toilet parts either allows the water to continue flowing from the tank to the bowl, simulating a flush, or makes the water in the tank continuously run as it tries to fill itself.Continue Reading
The flapper is located in the tank of the toilet. It is the rubber stopper that is lifted by a chain attached to the flush handle. The flapper allows the water to exit the tank and rush into the bowl of the toilet. If the flapper seal is defective or worn out, the water continues to trickle into the bowl, and the flapper or seal needs to be replaced. If the flapper chain is too long, the chain may obstruct the flapper from closing all the way, which causes the same problem. If the chain is too short, however, the flapper doesn't close completely, which prevents the tank from filling completely and causes the toilet to run continuously.
If the float is positioned too high in the tank, water fills the spill tube and prevents the fill valve from shutting off. This causes the toilet to continuously run. The float is the large device within the tank that regulates the water level. It can be adjusted by means of a clip or by bending the copper rod to which it is connected.Learn more about Plumbing
Some solutions to common toilet problems are replacing the flapper when the problem is phantom flushes and unclogging holes underneath the rim of the bowl if the problem is the bowl emptying slowly or weak flushing. Replacing old seals, tightening bolts and caulking are solutions for leaky toilet seals.Full Answer >
A warped or worn flapper may cause a toilet to flush by itself. The flapper is the component of a toilet that controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl. If it doesn't seal correctly, the tank-filling float triggers the flow of water.Full Answer >
It is possible to repair a toilet flapper by replacing the worn-out flapper with a new one. It is best to take the worn-out flapper to a local home hardware store to make sure that the new flapper is the same design as the old one.Full Answer >
Previously used toilets are listed for sale in newspaper classified ads and salvaging or recycling businesses in most local areas. Home-remodeling businesses are another great source for finding previously owned toilets available for purchase.Full Answer >