From changing a lamp to fixing a clogged toilet there are many different household tasks that it is helpful to know how to complete on your own. In the case of a toilet, having a runny toilet can be not only annoying but also very expensive as you are going to be using up a lot more water than you normally would be using.
Thankfully running toilets can usually be fairly easy to fix if you understand the basics of how a toilet works. Usually, on the wall behind your toilet, there will be a valve that brings the hose carrying your water into your toilet tank. The first thing you can do is turn off your water. This is a full-proof solution for cases where you need a plumber.
If on the other hand, you want to diagnose the problem yourself you can let the water run to see where the leak might be.
Most commonly your toilet might be running is the flapper and chain. That is the rubber part that is fitted over the flush valve. If the flapper cannot cover the valve properly then water will keep running as nothing is stopping it. If that’s the problem with your toilet then simply jiggling the flapper into place will solve the problem.
If the flapper is somehow warped you can go to a warehouse and buy a universal flapper to replace it. If the chain length is not long enough, then the flapper will also not fit properly. If that is the issue then you can choose to fix the chain for it to be long enough.
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