It is definitely not a good thing to see and hear at the same time your running toilet. It is not the fact that it makes an annoying noise, but it also consumes a lot of water that will end up showing on your bill.
Not to mention that you make a lot of waste on the city’s water supply and again this is not a good thing. So, what is there to do? If you think you are not that person to handle the things on their own, you need to call in a plumber and fix the problem for you.
But this article is for those persons who are willing to fix these things on their own since they are not that difficult to fix. Here are the steps that you can take into trying to fix a running toilet.
First thing to do is to remove the upper lid of the toilet tank while flushing the water and see what happens. There are two case scenarios in here and we will take each one a time and see how you can address this matter:
* The flapper is not closing completely and because of this, it seals over the drain. At this point you have to see how water keeps running without reaching the overflow. You can fix the problem by cleaning the flapper because it may have gathered some deposits from the water preventing it from doing its job. If you decide to replace it with a new one, then again this is no problem because it costs a few dollars and you cannot miss placing it back correctly.
* The floater is not returning to the top position where it has to turn off the water flow. At this point there are two things that you can do: check with the adjuster of the floater and set it to height of the floater so that it sits lower in the water and making the water to turn off sooner. In case you are not certain that you can do it right, just bend the bar attached to the floater so that it goes deep into the water. It is mostly an improvisation and not as technical as the one with handling the adjuster, but it is as practical as this one.
So, there you have two possible cases indicating the reasons of a running toilet. There is as well a third case scenario where you cannot figure out if there is the floater, the flapper or anything else. Well, in this situation you can only do the best to purchase an entirely new assembly and replace the old one with it.