You probably don’t give your toilet much thought until it causes you trouble. One of the common causes of water damage and flooding we see in Lakewood, CO is because of a toilet that wasn’t working properly. There are some fixes you can do if you’re a little bit handy, but others may require the attention of a plumber. In any case, letting the water run in a toilet is asking for a disaster because it’s a precursor to water damage and mold damage in the future.
If your toilet is constantly running, it’s doing more than just making an annoying sound. That water could be leaking out of the tank and down into your subfloor where it can weaken the floor and provide a breeding ground for mold damage. If you have a septic system, that constant flow can overflow your system and cause your drain field to saturate and fail. Here are a few simple fixes you can try on your own:
- Check the Fill Valve
The fill valve is also called the ballcock, and it’s designed to shut off the toilet once the water has reached a certain level in the tank. If the fill valve is not moving correctly, the water may spill over into the overflow tube. You may be able to fix this by readjusting the amount of water that goes into the tank.
- Check the Flapper
As toilets age, the seal around the flapper can fail. The flapper creates a seal around the flush valve and sometimes it gets off center. You may be able to adjust it and correct the problem or it may need to be replaced completely.
- Replace the Flush Valve and Lever
The flush valve and lever can corrode over time, or the handle can break. There are many easy tutorials on YouTube that will show you the easy fix. If you feel uncertain, a call to your local plumber will have it fixed very quickly.
ServiceMaster DSI helps Lakewood, CO area residents and businesses recover from water damage, flood damage, mold remediation, and any other man-made or natural disaster. We’re available 24/7/365 to help, so don’t hesitate to call us at (720) 452-2842.