If you have ever had a running toilet, it can be pretty aggravating when you get your next water bill and see just how much the bill has shot up due to this. Whenever you have a running toilet, it is usually due to one of three components found within the toilet tank. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber can provide you with toilet repair, installation, or maintenance as well as any of your other needs with plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas.
In this article we will go over the three components that make up the toilet’s tank that can go bad and cause your toilet to continuously run. Unlike a small drip from a kitchen or bathroom faucet, a running toilet will increase your water bill tremendously if you do not have it taken care of. The longer you put it off the worse, it will get. One month you can find your bill at about 25% higher than usual, the next 50%, and so on, even as much as 300 – 400% higher than it usually is. Do not put off having a running toilet repaired, if you can’t handle it yourself; hire a professional plumber to handle your plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Flapper Chain
The first thing you will want to do is remove the lid carefully off of the top of the toilet’s tank. Lay it aside somewhere safe so it will not get broken. Then, inspect the chain that connects the handle to the flapper that is at the bottom of the toilet’s tank. Whenever this chain is too tight it can keep the flapper valve raised, which will allow water to continually run into the bowl and this will cause the tank to continually refill.
You can loosen the flapper chain by a few links until the flapper valve can properly seal itself at the bottom of the bank. Additionally, the main might have too much slack to it, allowing the chain to fall under the flapper valve will prevent it from properly sealing and this too will allow water to leak into the bowl and the tank will need to continually refill. You can fix this by tightening the chain by a few links until the valve can close itself properly. Our plumbers can provide the service you require for your plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Fill Valve
The fill valve contains a float that will control the amount of water that is poured into the toilet’s tank. As the water rises in the tank, the float will as well. This will continue, until the float reaches a certain point, at which point, it will shut off the water supply to the tank. Over time, hard water and the typical wear and tear will cause the fill valve to malfunction. This will result in water entering the tank that leaves through the overflow tube.
If water is overflowing into this tube, adjust the fill valve until the water level is around an inch below the tubes top, or go out and buy another fill valve and replace the current defective one. Sometimes, fill valves have a screw or clip adjustment, otherwise replacement is the most viable option. A Benjamin Franklin plumber can assist you with repairing this and your other plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Flapper Valve
A worn out flapper valve will allow water to leak into the toilet’s bowl. Use a few drops of food coloring in the tank in order to identify if this is the problem. Check the bowl in about 10 minutes to see if the color is in the toilet’s bowl. If so, the flapper valve is not properly sealing itself against the bottom of the tank. Replacement of the flapper valve will typically take care of this problem. A Ben Franklin plumber can assist you with repairing the flapper valve if need be, our professional plumbers can also help you with any other plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas.
You should inspect your toilets on a regular basis, both inside and out. Whenever the tank or bowl leaks, it can place your home at serious risk for damage to not only the structure of your home but the foundation also. Each time you clean the toilet, inspect it for cracks, including hairline cracking. Minor cracks that look like hairs can complete cracking at any given time. There is no fix for a cracking toilet; replacement of the toilet is the only viable option. If you need help with your plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas, then give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call.
About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX provides professional plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas servicing Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Our experienced, courteous and friendly plumbers provide on time plumbing related services to not only Arlington but surrounding areas also. If you are in need of a professional plumber that you can count on for plumbing repairs, maintenance and / or installation then you can count on us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas.
Ben Franklin Plumbing is a leader in the field for plumbing related repairs. We are also one of the most trusted plumbing service brands in the industry with high standards of service that you can rely on. When you contact us you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving the best plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas. Our commitment to service and excellence is reflected in our stone solid A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. If you have a plumbing related problem in your home or business and you need help, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our professional, courteous and friendly plumbers provide expert plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas and will be more than happy to assist you and answer any of your questions and schedule an appointment with you to assess the plumbing related problem and resolve it at your earliest convenience. Give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas a call today if you are looking for professional plumbing in Fort Worth, Texas. If there’s any delay, it’s you we pay®