Is your toilet running? Well, you better catch it! (Haha) Everyone needs a little humor during those rough moments, and there’s nothing more frustrating than a toilet that won’t let up. When any small plumbing issue arises, you start to think, “Can I do this myself?” A toilet running is one of those relatively minor issues that a homeowner can handle without calling for the plumber. At Big B’s Plumbing, we want to empower you to make those small plumbing fixes without making that call. And, we don’t want that to stop you from calling if you need some friendly advice.
Toilet Running? Isolate the problem.
There are literally hundreds of videos online on how to fix a leaking toilet. The first thing to remember is that your toilet is a fixture, not an appliance. That’s important if you’re a renter because landlords are usually responsible for fixtures and the renter is responsible for the appliances.
Start by identifying the problem. If your toilet is running, then water is escaping. Toilet anatomy is pretty simple: you have a supply line, shut-off valve, flush handle, flush valve, trip lever, flapper valve, and flush valve. Anyone of these parts could be causing your toilet to run. As long as your toilet tank is not leaking, then the problem is isolated to inside the tank–––which is a good thing. The best place to start is the flapper valve. A full replacement kit for most toilets are as low as $18, and a high-quality toilet kit is less than $40.
Something Else To Consider About Your Toilet
Here is something to consider: most toilets last for many years. The fact is the average toilet lasts 15 years, and a wax seal is known to last 30 years. If you’re currently facing a toilet repair, then ask yourself if it’s time to upgrade that old toilet to a new one. Like everything else, modern technology has not passed us up when it comes to our toilets. The latest toilet models use 1.1 to 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Older model toilets used 3-5 gallons per flush.
Additionally, a brand new toilet doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. A very nice quality toilet can cost as little as $150 but like everything else, you can purchase one with all the bells and whistles for much more. At Big B’s Plumbing, we’ve earned a quality reputation by providing our customers with quality parts and the highest level of service. License #986152 check it out!