Why is Fixing My Running Toilet So Important?


Male Plumber in front of vanFor many, summer means family vacations and exciting travel, but what if those plans were derailed by the unexpected increase in your water? No, it wasn’t the extra five minutes you spent in a shower that caused the increase, it was most likely due to a running or leaking toilet.

A running toilet may not seem like a big deal, but according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), toilets are responsible for approximately 27 percent of the water used in  homes on a daily basis. With that percentage of your water usage being determined by the toilet, you better ensure it’s working. In fact, if you suffer from a leaking toilet you could be losing up to 200 gallons of water daily, and paying double or triple your normal cost. In our book, your toilet’s job is to dispose of waste, not waste your savings.

Not only will a running toilet drain your bank account, but it has a negative impact on the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a faucet that leaks at a rate of one drop per second can add an extra 3,000 gallons per year to a water bill, enough to fill three fire trucks. Other species rely on freshwater for survival, which means overuse of freshwater in households result in less water for agricultural use and livestock.

In addition to livestock and agriculture, cities across america suffer from draughts, and conservation efforts are key. It is important to know what causes a running toilet, and how to fix it.

What is the cause of a running toilet

When you hear running water from your toilet after you flush, that means your toilet is leaking. There are two main causes for a leaking toilet; Ineffective flush valve system or a fill valve problem. An ineffective flush valve system is the most common cause of a leaking pipe.

After a period of time, your flapper or flush valve ball can begin to deteriorate and become defective. When this occurs, water begins to leak around the toilet. This can often be difficult to detect as the leaking is silent, so if you notice a jump in your water bill it is important to call a specialist right away. A problem with your fill valve, or ball cock can occur when the shut-off valve does not completely close or the float is placed too high. This results in a continuous flow of water.

Toilet Repair Needs

If you are experiencing a running and leaking toilet, you will most likely need your flapper valve or flush valve replaced.  Call Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service at at 800-768-6911 to have your toilet inspected and correctly diagnose the problem and offer a solution.

With over 80 years of experience and more than 75,000 toilet repairs per year, we are the most trusted service option for your plumbing needs. Have an immediate problem? We are available 24/7 and will send someone right away for emergency services. Contact us to get your free estimate and learn more what Roto-Rooter Plumbing can do for you.