While some toilet troubles are immediate, others are caused by a slow increase in small problems. Before those problems add up, regularly check your toilet for common issues or signs of worn parts, and make sure you take note of the small problems before they escalate. One of the most common problems that’s easy to accidentally ignore is when your tank doesn’t fill with water correctly.
Here’s what to do if your tank or toilet fills slowly or incompletely:
- Check the water level in the tank. It should be close to the top of the overflow tube. If it isn’t, readjust the lever attached to the large float ball. That can help change the default level of water within the tank.
- Check the seal around the flapper. The seal ringers the edge of the flap and stops water from continuously flowing from the tank to the toilet bowl. If the seal is worn or has a tear, water will slowly leak out of the tank. This can either cause a low water level in the tank, which impedes flushing, or will regularly raise the water level in the toilet and trigger automatic flushing.
- Adjust the length of the flapper valve’s chain. If it’s too long, then the flapper won’t stay raised long enough to adequately fill the toilet bowl with water. If it’s too short, the flapper won’t close completely.
Not having enough water filling your tank or toilet is one of the easiest problems to ignore because it often doesn’t cause an immediate problem. However, it’s also one of the easiest to fix, so make sure you keep an eye on the water levels. Contact us for further information or if you run into more severe plumbing problems.