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Prevent Toilet Troubles with This Tip

hand-flushing-toiletOne of the most frequent calls that professional plumbers receive is in regards to their bathroom plumbing–maybe they have a clogged bathroom sink drain, or the showerhead won’t stop leaking, or the worst–their toilet has a problem. And usually, it all comes down to one main issue–their toilet won’t stop running. While this doesn’t sound like a major problem, it can actually lead to you wasting hundreds of gallons of water each year. That’s water you are otherwise paying for but not actually using.

So, this is an issue you want to take care of right away, but how do you do so? By calling our plumbers! Read on as we uncover the importance of trusting a professional plumber, and what might have led to this leading toilet trouble to begin with.

Call Our Professional Plumbers

When you run into problems with your plumbing of any kind, the best thing you can do is give our professional plumbers a call ASAP. A running toilet, as we mentioned above, will end up wasting gallons of water. This will cause your water bills to spike, and it’s not too great for the environment, either.

Our experienced and skilled plumbers will be able to accurately determine what the cause of your running toilet is, and repair it before you have any more trouble. Sure, you could probably find plenty of DIY videos and articles online to fix your toilet, but oftentimes, attempting to fix things on your own will cause more harm than good and cost you more money than it’s worth.

So, what about the cause of these toilet problems? Are they going to be a huge hassle that you have to pay an arm and a leg to fix? Not necessarily! If you call our plumbers as soon as you notice an issue, it can be done quickly and relatively hassle-free. Read on as we uncover what might be causing your toilet troubles:

An Issue with the Float Ball

The float ball is a part within the toilet’s tank. This ball sinks down when the tank empties as you flush, and then it opens an inlet valve on the fill tube. As the tank fills and the float ball rises, eventually the valve closes and it stops the filling process.

However, if this ball is misaligned or if it is malfunctioning, the valve will not close and as a result, the toilet will continue to run.

There’s a Malfunctioning Refill Tube

This is a part in your toilet that replenishes the water within the toilet’s tank. What is supposed to happen is that the top of the tube remains above the water level. However, if the top of the tube sinks below the water level, your toilet will keep running even if it hasn’t just been flushed.

You Have an Improperly Sized Flush Valve Chain

The flush valve chain is a mechanism that pulls open the flush valve and enables fresh water to enter the tank. If this chain is too short, or too long, it will negatively impact the toilet’s ability to flush.

For professional plumbing in St. Louis, MO, look no further than Performance Plumbing. Contact us today! 

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