Toilets can be one of the biggest culprits for wasted water because sometimes they can be so subtle about leaks that you don’t even notice them. It’s a good idea to check your toilet first if you’ve started getting higher water bills lately but can’t seem to narrow down the cause of them. There are four kinds of toilet leaks and causes of excessive water use in particular that you should look out for; but sometimes you need to have a plumber look further at them.
1. Water Continuing To Leak Into The Toilet Bowl
Sometimes after the toilet bowl has been refilled after flushing, water can continue running down into it. This could be caused by any number of problems, but it usually means you’re going to have to replace the flush valve ball or flapper as it’s called. When properly working, the rubber seal on the flapper will keep the water from draining down anymore after it reseats itself. If this is a problem, you probably have a bad flapper. The experts at Drain Rescue may be able to provide you with more information.
2. Water Not Filling The Refill Tank Full Enough
You might run into a problem once in a while where your refill tank doesn’t seem to be getting adequate water coming back into it after it’s been flushed. Usually this is a problem with a broken float cup that’s stuck too low on the refill valve, or in an older toilet model a case of the float ball on the rod that is defective or bent too far down. The cup or float ball may need to be replaced, or the water level adjustment clip or rod arm itself may need to be fixed.
3. Water Continuing Coming Into The Refill Tank
If the flapper won’t go shut, or it shuts and reopens but isn’t defective, your refill level has probably been set too high. As in the previous problem, there could be a defective float ball or rod if you have an older toilet, or it could be the water level adjustment clip on the valve if you have a newer one. If the height’s been adjusted correctly and water keeps coming in, you probably have a leaky or broken valve pipe that needs to be replaced.
4. The Toilet Bowl Overflows
If the water is leaking by overfilling the toilet bowl and not flushing like it should, you probably have a stopped sewer line somewhere down there preventing it from flushing. In some cases, you might be able to fix small blockage problems by using a plunger in the toilet, or you might be able to use a regular snake to get down in there and pull out or push down what was blocking. Bigger problems where you need to remove the toilet, get deeper in the sewer pipe or deal with rusty pipes should only be left up to a professional plumber.