Why Is My Toilet Constantly Running?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

toilet-with-button-flushYou know the sounds your toilet makes after the flush lever is pushed: there’s about a minute where you hear the slow run of water as the water in the tank flows down into the bowl to fill it. After that, the water will shut off and you won’t hear any more sounds.

But what if the sound of running water continues without stop? This is a running toilet, and although it won’t create a huge emergency, it does create a huge amount of water waste. This is definitely something you’ll notice on your next water bill. But you also can’t flush the toilet while its running—something you may have noticed before if you immediately push down the handle after the first flush. These are good reasons to have bathroom plumbing repairs done. When you have a running toilet that won’t stop, call for professional plumbers in Winter Springs, FL to take care of it.  

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Watch Out for These Warnings Your Toilet Needs Repairs

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Did you know that the toilets in your household account for, on average, 40% of your home’s indoor water use each year? Yes, that’s a lot! Most people assume that the shower might be the major source of water use, but the amount of water used per flush in toilets add up fast. This is one of the reasons we strongly recommend homeowners install low-flow toilets and other fixtures.

We bring this up as a reminder of how important the toilet is to your home’s plumbing. Yes, its function is vital, but it also uses immense amounts of water. Any time there’s a plumbing issue with a toilet, it needs to be resolved ASAP! And often, those problems can be tough to detect—or easy to ignore. Below we’ve put together a list of some signs your toilet may need repairs. Contact our plumbers for the work.

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Don’t Panic if the Toilet Overflows! Here’s What You Can Do

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

We understand that it’s a bit nerve-racking when you see the water level in the toilet bowl rise up higher than it should, moving toward the rim of the bowl. If this is due to a simple clog, then a standard plunger can take care of the issue before you have to worry about the toilet actually overflowing. (If clogs become a regular occurrence, on the other hand, contact a professional plumber to see if there’s something more seriously wrong with your bathroom plumbing.)

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When the Toilet Won’t Stop Running

Monday, September 12th, 2016

One of the bathroom plumbing problems that homeowners run into the most often (after sink and shower clogs) is a toilet that continues to run long after flushing. Normally, a toilet only runs water long enough to re-fill its bowl with the water from the tank. As fresh water enters the tank, a mechanism eventually shuts off the water flow and the toilet stops running. But sometimes something can go wrong and the toilet will continue to allow water to move from the tank to the bowl and from the feed line to the tank. This is a major waste of water, and something you want repaired as soon as possible.

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The Strange Things That End Up Stuck in Toilet Drains!

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

This is a piece of advice we give to all our customers—and to home owners in general: don’t use the toilet as if it were a garbage can! It isn’t equipped to handle the standard trash you throw into a waste receptacle, and it can lead to serious damage to your plumbing system and seriously inconvenient clogs. Any plumber can tell you about bizarre items they’ve had to clear out of toilets. We’ve collected a list from around the web of a few of the more odd things that have gotten sent down household toilets, accidentally or on purpose:

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4 Signs You Need Bathroom Plumbing Repairs

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The bathroom(s) in your house use the most water of any of its room. The toilet alone can account for 40% of the plumbing system’s monthly fresh water consumption. It’s vital that the plumbing in the bathroom remains in excellent repair. Leaks and other problems will waste enormous amounts of water and can rapidly create extensive damage that is extremely expensive to mitigate.

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Some Signs to Tell You Need to Replace Your Bathroom Toilet

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The bathroom toilet is about as essential as a home plumbing fixtures can get. Your toiler receives daily use and you probably don’t expend much other thought it. In fact, it’s easy to assume that a toilet will simply go on performing its useful function, day after day, with only a few occasional repair problems.

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What Tools Can I Use to Clean My Drains?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Regular drain cleaning is an important part of routine maintenance for your kitchen and bathroom plumbing. Over time, organic and inorganic build-up will develop along the inside of these pipes, such as food particles, grease, hair, and soap scum. With enough build-up, the drains will become slow and eventually clog.

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Ask an Winter Springs, FL Plumber: Why Won’t My Toilet Stop Running?

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Toilet problems can be incredibly disruptive. As one of the most used appliances in your home, you need to make sure that it operates well every day throughout the year. One of the most common problems that we come across is toilets that continue to run long after flushing. While this may seem like an inconsequential, minor issue, it can actually lead to leaks and higher utility bills. There’s no repair too minor (or too large) for a professional Orlando plumber, so call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today.

Ask an Orlando Plumber: Why Won't my Toilet Stop Running?In order to better understand what the problem is with your toilet and why it won’t stop running, it’s useful to first look at how your toilet functions. Your toilet is comprised of three major components: the flushing mechanism, bowl siphon, and the refill mechanism. Simply physical principles ensure that there is a consistent and constant level of water in your toilet at all times. Water conforms to a container or surface because of gravity and the curvature of the pipe behind the bowl allows the overflowing of the bowl by the tank to cause the toilet to flush. So long as the bowl is filled quickly with enough water to activate the siphon, your toilet will flush.

The tank behind the toilet bowl rapidly dumps several gallons of water into the siphon, which causes the bowl’s contents to overflow down the drainpipe. But in order to control the flow, your toilet tank has a flush valve that controls the flushing mechanism. The filler float, which looks like a ball connected to the end of a stick senses the level of water in the tank, and tells the filler valve to send water into the tank and the bowl after the flush is complete, so that the flush mechanism can be restored.

A sticky or damaged flush valve can cause a toilet to run constantly after flushing. It may also be a problem with the chain that connects the handle to that mechanism. Sometimes a jiggle on the handle will ensure that the tank fills back up, but you may need to replace the part to ensure that it doesn’t happen regularly.

Call MPI today if you need an excellent Orlando plumber. We’d be happy to take care of your any problems with your home plumbing.

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Winter Springs Plumbing Tips: Best Bathroom Upgrades

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Are you thinking of upgrading the bathroom fixtures and faucets in your Winter Springs home? At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we can help you out with all your bathroom installation and replacements. Call us for advice and tips on choosing the right ones.

Meanwhile, here are some of the best bathroom upgrades you can choose for your home.

Low Flow Showerheads and Faucets

Did you know that a standard showerhead uses up to 5.5 gallons per minute (GPM)? The amount of water you can save by installing a low-flow showerhead can reduce your water bills up to 40%. Low-flow showers will have a 2.5 GPM rate, or lower. Faucets will have different rates, and your Winter Springs plumber can help you decide which faucet or showerheads will work best in your home.

Low Flow Toilets

Your older toilet could be using as much as 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush, which is a big part of your home’s daily water use. Low-flow toilets use less than 1.6 gallons of water and work just as effectively. If you are remodeling your bathroom or just looking to make your home more green, installing a low-flow toilet is an easy way to save water.

Other Improvements

Even if you have a small drip in your bathroom, it can add up over time. Call a plumber to fix any leaks or drips. There could be other issues you aren’t aware of. In addition, installing the right kind of bathroom fixtures and appliances can help with the overall maintenance of your entire plumbing system.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for other tips, and always call us for all your Winter Springs plumbing installation needs!

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