by Jane Noble
Sep. 20, 2016
Your toilet continues to run after flushing. There are several possible reasons.
A) Your flapper may be stuck open. Take the lid off the tank, reach in and close it with your hand. Make sure it is not catching on anything.
B) You may not have enough water in your tank. If the water is not all the way to the water line, make sure the water valve (the metal knob at the back near the floor) is fully turned to the open position.
C) Try adjusting the valve and float. Pull the float up with your hand. If this stops the flow, adjust the level of the float so the tank stops filling when the water is about an inch below the top of the overflow tube.
To try and clear a clog yourself you need a heavy duty flange plunger. Not all plungers are created equal. The cup plunger is for sinks, bathtubs and showers and needs a flat surface to form a seal around. It will not work in the toilet. The flange plunger has an extra flap that folds out from inside the cup and hangs down. This bit fits snugly into the opening at the bottom of the toilet bowl in order to create the suction you need to clear the clog.
Wear rubber gloves, as things can get messy, and have some old towels handy ready to wipe up the splashes. Insert the flange, the bit that hangs down, into the opening at the bottom of the toilet. Make your first plunge a gentle one. Initially the plunger is full of air. A hard push will force the air back around the seal and blow water all over you.
Once the plunger has filled with water, pump up and down vigorously. Keep enough water in the bowl so the plunger stays submerged. You may have to alter your style. Try short and sharp and slow and steady.
Turn off the water to the toilet so it doesn’t overflow. There should be a small metal knob at the back of the toilet near the floor.
A blockage is enough to deal with, without risking splashing your clothes, your skin and your bathroom with harsh chemicals.