Do you have a toilet that won't stop running? Do you constantly have to jiggle the handle, or remind other people to do so? That constant running water is adding up to big bucks on your water bill, not to mention the many gallons or water that are being wasted. You would never let your sink run all day and night, most of us even turn off the water while we are brushing our teeth, so why let the toilet continually waste water?
A running toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute, while a silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month.
If you are not sure if your toilet is running, turn off the tap behind your toilet. Check the water level in the tank. Leave it for a few hours and then recheck the tank. If the water level has dropped, you have a problem.
There are only so many things that can go wrong inside of your toilet. Fixing your toilet is inexpensive and easy. So easy, in fact, that it doesn't even require tools!
First thing is to check the chain that is connected to the flapper. Is it the right length? Too short and it will prevent the flap from sealing properly. Too long and the chain will often get in the way of the seal.
If the chain checks out okay, most likely you just need to replace the flap assembly that is in the back of your toilet tank. All of the toilet guts that live there can be replaced for about $5. Why yes, 'toilet guts' is a technical term.
Before you begin working on your toilet, you need to turn off the water. There should be a valve on the wall behind your toilet.
Flush your toilet to empty the tank.
Remove the assembly from inside the toilet and bring it with you to your local hardware store. There they will be able to assist you with an identical replacement. I had no idea that there were different types until a few months ago when I went to the store to replace mine and was asked which type I wanted.
Bring the correct assembly home. Install it in your toilet tank, no tools required. Turn the water valve back on.
Your problem is fixed.