Toilet Won’t Stop Running
LESLIE: Joyce in Florida is on the line with a toilet that’s exceptionally noisy. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.
JOYCE: My toilet, when I flush it, it will keep running after I flush it. It keeps running and the water keeps moving in the toilet bowl.
JOYCE: And then if I jiggle the handle, it’ll quit.
JOYCE: So how do I fix this to keep it from doing that and keeping the water from continuously running?
TOM: Very simple. Your toilet has two valves in it: one is called a “fill valve” and one is called a “flush valve.” The flush valve is at the bottom of the toilet and the fill valve is the vertical part with the float.
TOM: You should replace both of those valves. It’s a do-it-yourself project and that will stop the problem. The fill valve is worn out and that’s why it’s continuing to run.
JOYCE: OK. What’s the name of that valve?
TOM: A fill valve; f-i-l-l. Fill valve. It’s the valve that fills the toilet.
JOYCE: (inaudible at 0:03:09). OK.
TOM: Very inexpensive. You can pick them up at any home center or hardware store and they’re easy to install.
JOYCE: OK. Wow, thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome, Joyce. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.