Running toilets are some of the most inconvenient bathroom plumbing issues plaguing homeowners. One of the very last things that any homeowner would want to hear in the middle of the night is the sound of leaking water.
Rather than blissfully slipping into deep sleep, you are kept awake by the constant drip, drip, drip coming from the bathroom. And not only does the sound irritate and bother you, but you are also kept awake late into the night thinking about all the water that is being wasted inside your home—and all the dollars being added to your water bills.
Another thing that would cause headaches for homeowners is the source of the said issue. A dripping tap in the kitchen sink or outside by the lawn is one thing; it’s an entirely different thing when you discover that your toilet seems to be constantly running. It can be a cause for alarm: What if this issue spirals into a major toilet plumbing problem, and the entire toilet will need repair and won’t be usable for days?
Some people can be queasy about the thought of their toilet going out of commission. After all, this bathroom feature helps take care of important bodily functions, and the thought of these being disrupted is enough to set anyone on edge—especially if it could potentially wreak havoc on everyday routines at work or school.
What could be causing your toilet to run continuously? According to experienced bathroom and kitchen plumbers (Melbourne), the culprit could be a broken seal.
There is a valve (the inlet valve) that lets water flow into the toilet bowl; when this valve’s seal is broken, a running toilet is the result. The seal may have been broken by a worn chain or ball cock. The solution would be to replace the entire inlet valve and to put in a new valve washer. If there are any other parts that affect the inlet valve’s function, then these may need total replacement as well.
Wasted water shouldn’t be the only concern you keep in mind when you discover a running toilet. Your family’s health is also at risk. When a toilet is constantly running, the germs from the toilet are then continuously being released into the indoor air, which the entire household is exposed to. And because the running toilet maintains a moist environment, it’s no surprise that moulds can begin to grow in the area.
One way to make sure that your toilet is indeed running is to place a few drops of food colouring into the cistern. If the colouring appears in the water in the bowl after a few minutes, that’s a sure sign of a running toilet.
It may appear to be easy to replace inlet valves, but always remember that licensed and qualified bathroom plumbers (Melbourne) are the only people who should be addressing this issue. The parts may be easy enough to fix, but professional plumbers have the skills and knowledge for keeping the quality of your household’s water supply at the right levels. With experts getting the job done in your bathroom, your toilet is sure to be in great working condition in no time at all—and you’ll be able to get back to your regular routine.