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Fixing A Running Toilet With Mr. Plunger

Updated on September 3, 2015

Fixing A Running Toilet With Mr. Plunger!

The sound of continuously running water occurs if fresh water continues to enter the toilet tank. ( Or Reservoir ) after the flush cycle is complete. You know that sound.. Shhhhhh. Oh, and did you know that a running toilet can waste 20 or more gallons of fresh water each day. Now how can you possibly think green after hearing this fact. Well, it’s true. So lets take care of that running toilet. No, you don’t have to buy it any sneakers for running.. But you will need some minor tools.

What tools will I need Mr. Plunger?

Well, here’s everything you’ll need: Tools: Screwdriver, small wire brush, sponge, adjustable wrenches, spud wrench or channel-type pilers. Materials: Universal washer kit, ballcock ( now that’s only if needed.) Ballcock seals, emery cloth, some sort of Scotch Brite © pad, flapper or tank ball, flush valve. ( If needed. ) Got it?

Got it! Mr. Plunger!

To fix a running toilet, first jiggle the toilet handle. If the sound of the running water stops, then either the handle or the lift chain need to be adjusted. If the sound of running water does not stop when the handle is jiggled, then remove the tank cover and check to see if the float ball is touching the side of the tank. If you have to, you can bend the float arm to reposition the float ball away from the side of the tank. Go ahead, try it, I’ll wait......

Okay? If that didn’t work, make sure the float ball is not leaking. To check for leaks, unscrew the float ball and shake it gently. If there is water inside the ball you’ll need to replace it. If these minor adjustments do not fix the problem, then you will need to adjust or repair the ballcock or the flush valve.

Now remember, if the sound of continuously running water is heard, it can be caused by several different problems 1) The lift chain or wires can be bent or kinked. 2) The float ball leaks or rubs against the side of the tank 3) A faulty ballcock 4) or if the flush valve allows water to leak down into the toilet bowl. First check the lift chain (wires ) and float ball. If making simple adjustments and repairs to these parts does not fix the problem, then you will need to repair the ballcock or flush valve.

How do I do that Mr. Plunger?

We will tackle that in my next installment so look out for it. Happy Flushing!


© 2011 Frank Atanacio


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    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      wow where did you find this hub.. I think it's 3 years old LOL

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Happy flushing, indeed, Mr. Plunger. I've jiggled the handle many a time to stop that dreaded running toilet. Sometimes it works. Other times, it needs the arm adjusted like you said. Hopefully, it's not the flush valve.

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      oh and thanks teri for checking this out :)

    • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      thanks grinn..:)

    • grinnin1 profile image


      6 years ago from st louis,mo

      Excellent, easy to follow directions even I can do! Thanks very much Mr. Plunger. Great and useful hub!

    • Terishere profile image


      6 years ago

      Very good and easy to follow. I actually fixed a running toilet because it was driving me nuts! It took a while, but I figured it out.

      If I can do it, anyone can lol


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