Don’t Let a Leaking Toilet Ruin Your Year!
The beginning of a new year is a time of excitement! It’s a time to look forward to the possibilities of a new year. Having a plumbing issue like a leaking toilet, however, can cause stress that can overshadow the excitement of the new year. Read on to learn how to handle leaking toilet issues before they ruin your new year!
Check Out Your Toilet Flapper
The job of your toilet flapper is to uncover the opening from your toilet tank and bowl when your toilet is flushed to allow water to flow into the bowl, as well as to cover the opening again when the tank empties so that it can refill.
There are three main types of toilet flappers that you can choose from: seat disk, tank ball, and rubber cap.
- Rubber caps are the most common type of toilet flapper in use today. While they are very reliable, they can cause water to run if the rubber edge is damaged or if the chain is too short.
- Tank ball flappers consist of a rubber ball that sits in the top of your toilets overflow pipe. While they work fine, they can also cause a problem if the chain is not the perfect length.
- Seat Disks are the oldest kind of flapper and are not as commonly used for a few reasons. For one, they are disproportionately large compared to the size of the tank, so they take up an excessive amount of space, making them harder to repair. They also have a tendency to break more easily than the other flapper options.
What Can You do About Your Running Toilet?
If you find that your toilet is running water excessively, it may be because your flapper is either broken or worn or because the chain is not the appropriate length. Another reason is that the water level in your tank may be too high.
The professionals at PlumbCrazy can help you adjust the water level in your tank for you.If none of these issues are to blame, it may be that your fill tube is to blame for the running toilet and may need to be repaired or replaced.
The Importance of Toilet Maintenance
Proper toilet maintenance is the key to making sure your toilet is functioning without issues like running or leaking. Here are a few tips to help you prevent stressful toilet-related emergencies, or even an entire bathroom renovation:
- Regularly test your flapper to ensure that it is working correctly.
- Make sure the caulking around the base of your toilet is in good shape to prevent water from outside the toilet (from your shower or sink leaking) doesn’t get into and affect your toilet. If the caulking is deteriorating, re-do it.
- Clean your toilet tank every month or two to make sure you are not feeding dirty water into your toilet bowl.
- Keep PlumbCrazy’s phone number handy and be ready to call us in the event that you do experience a leak or other toilet emergency!
Give PlumbCrazy a call at (410) 679-7575 today if you are experiencing ongoing issues in Abingdon, like a leaking toilet. Leave a comment below with any tips on how to maintain a functioning toilet to help our other readers out too!