Another common toilet problem is if your toilet keeps running constantly after flushing. This usually happens because the flapper isn’t sealing correctly over the flush valve.
If you’re in a tight spot, these steps may help stop any leaking from the tank to the bowl or consult a trained plumber:
- Empty the toilet cistern. Locate the water valve that can be usually found behind the toilet at the base of the wall and switch the water off.
- Flush the toilet and hold the handle down so it drains fully.
- Remove the old flapper from the overflow tube and unhook the chain from the flush handle arm.
- Clean the flush valve seat (where the flapper sits) and remove any hard water stains to ensure it is smooth. If you don’t, it may not create an effective seal.
- Reattach the new flapper on both sides of the tube and attach the chain to the flush arm handle.
Always consult a professional if you’re unsure of the steps. Understanding what is inside your tank can make it easier to navigate your way around it. Read our article on how to clean a toilet tank to keep it in tip-top condition.