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Why Does Your Toilet Keep Running?

Posted on: February 2, 2024

Why Does Your Toilet Keep Running?For some homeowners, the sound of a toilet running is a soothing sound, a sign that everything is running smoothly with your plumbing. It is essential to ensure an appropriate water level in the toilet and help keep the system functioning properly.

However, when the toilet is running every few minutes, it could be a sign of a deeper issue.

A toilet that runs constantly could signify problems with your plumbing. It could also mean a more expensive water bill. Bud Matthews Services is well-versed in handling problems with a toilet running every few minutes. Here are a few reasons why you could be experiencing this issue and how you can nip it in the bud!

Common Causes of a Toilet Running Every Few Minutes

There are a few reasons why a toilet might be running every few minutes. The top reasons include the following:

  • Water level. If the water level in the tank is set too high, it could cause the water level to rise above the overflow tube and trigger the toilet to run almost constantly.
  • Stuck float. The floating ballcock is a plumbing component that tells the fill valve when to turn off. If it gets stuck, whether due to dirt or mineral buildup over time, it can’t trigger the fill valve to stop.
  • Broken flushing handle. The flushing handle of your toilet connects to the flusher valve, which starts the fill valve and triggers the entire flushing and refilling process. If your flushing handle stops working, often due to corrosion, it can cause issues with the toilet running every few minutes.

There are other reasons why your toilet might keep running, including a leaking fill valve or broken toilet gaskets. Once you realize your toilet is running too often, it’s time to reach out to the experts.

Identifying the Problem

While some household appliances and systems lend themselves well to DIY projects, plumbing generally isn’t one of them. It can be tricky to diagnose a plumbing issue with so many parts and elements at play. One wrong move can easily trigger a bigger issue. For this reason, you should always contact a bathroom plumbing professional, like the Bud Matthews Services team, to diagnose and address your toilet flushing problems.

Common Solutions to Keep Your Toilet from Running Every Few Minutes

Most of the time, fixing a toilet that runs every few minutes is fairly simple. Usually, a parts replacement is all that’s needed to fix the water level and get it running as usual. The Bud Matthews Team can look at every part of the toilet, from the flushing handle to the floating ballcock, to make sure that everything is working and that nothing has been taken over by corrosion or grime.

Other times, a simple adjustment is all that’s needed. Sometimes, a chain might get tangled, requiring an adjustment in order to keep things working properly. If there’s a part that needs to be replaced, our quick and courteous staff can fix it in a timely fashion, all while explaining how to preserve your toilet for years to come.

Bud Matthews Services Can Assist With All Your Plumbing Needs

The Bud Matthews team offers a full range of bathroom plumbing services in and around the Chapel Hill, NC, area. We understand the importance of a properly functioning bathroom and take every concern seriously, responding promptly to meet your unique needs. Whether you’re dealing with a toilet that keeps running every few minutes or a leaking faucet, we can address the problem and get you back to full functionality.

Contact the Bud Matthews Services team today to learn more about our offerings and to submit a service request!

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