How to Stop a Running Toilet Without Calling a Plumber

 How to Stop a Running Toilet Without Calling a Plumber

It can be a little disconcerting to hear your toilet run when no one has been in the bathroom recently. Rather than assume some kind of paranormal pooper is the culprit, it may be time to investigate the issue yourself. Fortunately, there are ways to stop a running toilet without having to pay a plumber. Here’s how.

1. Check the fill tube.

When you hear water “running” in your toilet, it’s typically because a problem exists inside the tank. Toilets work by measuring how much water is in the tank using a float. When the water drops below a certain level—like after a flush—the fill valve connected to the water line (that flexible hose leading into the toilet tank) allows water in so the tank is filled back up for the next flush. If the fill valve, float, or flapper (the seal that moves when you operate the handle, letting water out…

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