If your toilet is running continuously, you may be able to jiggle the handle to help you get it to stop running, but this is only going to work for a while, or you'll end up getting tired of doing this. Jiggling the handle is a quick fix for this problem, but you should actually repair the problem, rather than rely on the quick-fix approach. Fixing this problem doesn't take that long and it isn't that costly to repair. Read on for what you can do if your toilet is running constantly.
What You'll Need:
- Adjustable pliers
- Flush valve kit
- Fill valve kit
- To start, you're going to want to turn off the water to your toilet. Shut off the water and flush it a few times to get the water out of the tank so you aren't reaching into the tank water in order to repair your toilet. If you aren't sure where the shut-off is located, check beneath the toilet or beneath a nearby sink. The water won't fill up in the tank once the toilet is turned off.
- Once the water is turned off and the water is out of the tank, you can begin to take out the innards of your toilet. Remove the flush valve and the flapper, as well as the flush valve inside. These are the parts you're going to be replacing. Use your tools to remove these items in the toilet tank.
- After you've removed all of the innards, you can replace them with the new parts. Be sure you have the same kind of flapper you took out. The size is going to differ, so be sure you have the right size. The flush kit and the valve kit should also be the same size as well. Take your old parts with you to the hardware store to be sure you are getting the right parts the first time.
- Once finished installing the new parts, turn the water back on and check your work by flushing the toilet once the tank fills back up with water. Watch that the flapper isn't getting stuck open and that it isn't difficult to flush. Make any necessary adjustments to these parts to ensure they are working properly.
If your toilet is running constantly, jiggling the handle will only go so far. You should repair the toilet the right way, not just give it a quick fix. Hire a plumbing service for help if you aren't able to do this work on your own.