How To: Fix a Constantly Running Toilet

How To: Fix a Constantly Running Toilet

Laure Joliet
Mar 10, 2008

Our friend mentioned the other day that their toilet handle kept sticking in the 'down' position and consequently the toilet would keep running for hours. They were going to call a plumber to fix it but we thought it sounded like an easy home repair. And since home repairs sometimes frighten us (we don't want to make an even bigger problem) we thought this would be good practice (um, someone else's home). To the internet we went, the solution after the jump:

First thing is to diagnose the problem. A running toilet could be a number of things (all fairly simple). So we diagnosed the problem and it looks like the toilet needs a new flapper valve since it is a slow continuous running leak of water from the tank into the bowl. We found a really helpful step by step for how to change it on Hammer Zone. We also ran across a bunch of useful toilet related how to's on suite 101 that we've kept bookmarked for future projects. We'll let you know how it turns out!

How many bathroom repairs do you do yourself?

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