Ask Furr: My Toilet Is ALWAYS Running! What's The Cause?
“My Toilet Is CONSTANTLY Running! What’s The Cause?” Question Submitted by Judy L. Fairfax, VA
Running toilets are a common problem in many Northern Virginia households. Homeowners may not realize it, or they’ve become immune to the sound of running water and ignore it; both scenarios are problems. If you’ve been plagued by the never ending sounds of a running toilet, then you’ve got a plumbing issue that needs to be taken care of right away! Noticed your utility bill steadily increasing since that pesky toilet decided to run the day away? You could have a leak that’s causing your bills to rise! Here’s what you should know about your running toilet!
Fact 1: Broken Flapper Is The #1 Cause of a Running Toilet
If your toilet is leaking, the cause is often an old, or faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this rubber part becomes susceptible to decay and mineral buildup. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper, and thankfully, they’re very cheap. Having a plumber fix your toilet’s leaks can pay for itself in the long run.
Fact 2. A Running Toilet Wastes Water. Don’t Ignore It
That annoying sound could be costing you big time! You can waste up to 13, 000 gallons of water each year because of a leaky toilet! Trust us when we say, that’s gonna show up as an increase on your utility bills! Avoid it by nipping that leak in the bud!
Fact 3. High Efficiency Options
If you have a plumber check on your toilets and they find a bigger issue that is cause for replacement, ask them about a high efficiency model. These can save you hundreds every year, and who doesn’t love that! Our plumbers will also inform you of any energy efficient tips you might need to keep your home running efficiently and smoothly!