It’s enough to drive you crazy – a running toilet that’s still flushing water down the drain 10 minutes after you’ve flushed. If you’re not a professional plumber, you might find it slightly intimidating to try to fix it yourself. And if you can’t sort it out yourself, you’ll definitely need a professional. Wasting that amount of water, day in and day out is simply not an option for waterwise (and budget-savvy) South Africans.
Even if it seems intimidating, it’s still a good idea to familiarise yourself with your problem before calling the experts at Drain Surgeon. To help you, here’s a quick run-through of how a toilet works.
To get a clear understanding of how your toilet works, remove the cistern lid and flush your toilet a few times. You’ll notice a couple of things:
You should now have a good idea of what’s not functioning properly. Let’s troubleshoot:
1. Adjust the float
The most common reason for running toilets is overflowing water in the tank. Before calling the experts at Drain Surgeon, see if you can fix it by adjusting the level of water by adjusting the float height.
Do this by turning the screw, or by sliding the clip along the rod depending on your toilet model. Flush the toilet after each adjustment until the water shuts off.
2. Adjust the flapper chain or flush handle
Check whether the flapper chain is perhaps too short, tangled or too long. Too short will cause the fill valve to continue refilling the tank. Too long, and the flapper won’t stay open for long enough to deliver enough water for a proper flush.
So check the length of the chain and adjust leaving only about 2cm slack when the flapper is closed.
3. Check the flapper
Another reason for a toilet running could be a worn-out flapper that needs replacement. That’s the bit that connects the cistern to the bowl. If worn out, the flapper will fail to seal and stop the water from passing through the toilet tank into the bowl. Here’s what you can do to fix it:
4. Check the fill tube
Lastly, look out for a thin, flexible tube inside your tank. While the tank refills, this tube moves water into the overflow tube to refill the bowl after a flush. If this tube is loose, or if the water stream misses the overflow tube, the bowl won’t fill properly.
Reattach the fill tube and push it firmly onto the fill valve. Flush again to make sure the water stream goes down the overflow tube.
WHY DEAL WITH DRAIN SURGEON
If all this seems like a bit of a mission, we get it. We don’t expect everyone to love plumbing as much as we do. So why use us? In a nutshell, because of our service attitude! Our absolute dodged focus on client service is no idle statement. In fact:
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We love plumbing. And we love making sure your plumbing stays tip-top. Drain Surgeon is the largest plumbing group in the Southern hemisphere. We will give you quick and professional service no matter what your plumbing and drainage needs may be.
Call us today and our plumbing team will take care of it – any time of the day or night. We’ve been in the business for a long time, and we’ve seen it all, so you can enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge that one of our expert plumbers will be with you soon.
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