Toilet won't stop running | plumbing emergencyA toilet that won’t stop running is not only annoying and aggravating, it can be very expensive, as clean water is continually going down the drain. While ‘jiggling the handle’ may alleviate the problem temporarily, it’s best to identify the source of the malfunction and repair it permanently.

Why won’t my toilet stop running?

There are a few reasons why your toilet can malfunction, resulting in a running toilet and higher than normal water and utility costs. The most common problem involves the chain that connects the ball valve to the flushing handle. If it is tangled or broken, the ball valve is unable to shut completely, which causes the tank to keep refilling, and sends unlimited amounts of water into the toilet bowl. A flush handle that has become loose and disconnects from the ball valve might also be the culprit. This will cause the ball valve to malfunction by not closing properly, thus allowing water to flow without any restriction.

Over the course of time, the components that make up the flushing mechanism in the back of our toilets deteriorate. Seals and valves that are made of rubber can literally fall apart. Chains break and connecting rods snap. Any of these problems can certainly contribute to a constantly running toilet.

What can be done to stop my toilet from running?

Your local northern Virginia plumber can inspect your toilet, and determine what is causing it to run constantly. If necessary, My Plumber Heating & Cooling will recommend replacement of the flushing mechanism, especially if there are damaged or deteriorated parts.

Fixing your toilet correctly, the first time, has many benefits. First, and foremost, the toilet repair will help your family conserve water. That means savings on your monthly water bill — that means more money in your pocket. And as a bonus: No more annoying running toilet noise. Enjoy the sweet sound of silence.

If your toilet won’t stop running, or you are experiencing another plumbing emergency, call My Plumber Heating & Cooling at (866) 395-5472.