For many of us, the back of our toilet seems to be an unknown territory, as we fail to know the exact mechanism that works behind us. We are habituated for just pushing the handle and take off after using the toilet. Remember the fact that every drop of water through the toilet increases money to our water bill. Hence it is time for us to know some intricacies on how to fix leaking toilet as a DIY project before calling a professional plumber. A continuous sound of our toilet refilling with water indicates that the toilet is constantly emptying its water. Read to find some simple techniques and fix the issue and save some money.
Guidelines to be followed to fix a leaky toilet
First and foremost, remove the toilet tank lid safely and keep it in a safe place. Observe the flush mechanism works properly and look at all the parts from the top down investigating each component. Check for the link between the handle, trip lever and chain all working in sync, as more often the handle needs to be loosened or tightened. Both these conditions can cause water dripping into the bowl. Observe the tank ball, wherein some debris may be collected underneath. Lift it and remove the debris.
Next check the floater arm and the ball. Many times the floater may be too high causing an excess of water to fill and exit through the overflow tube. If this is the case, the floater needs to be lowered. If you lowered it and water is still running the floater ball may be damaged and need replacement. If you need replacements taking the old parts to the hardware store will ensure you find the right models. Most importantly it's always a good idea to turn off the water leading to the toilet before making any adjustments