3 Most Common Toilet Problems

Water Always Running

Is your toilet water always running? If only you could just go catch it! The noise alone is enough to drive you crazy, but there’s also the climbing utility bill due to excessive water wasted. No need to wait until your bill skyrockets. You can fix your toilet problems in a snap.

Your problem could be one of two things: a floppy flapper, or a clogged valve. Open the toilet tank and take a look:

  1. Flapper: the rubber drain seal that covers the opening from the tank to the bowl is called a flapper, stopper or tank ball. If it isn’t sealed tightly water will continually run from the tank to the bowl. A toilet is designed to run water until both the tank and bowl are filled. Water will run and run attempting to keep the tank full. Adjust or replace the flapper if necessary.
  2. Valve: the opening from the tank to the bowl is known as the flush valve opening. If this valve becomes clogged due to rust and debris, it can confuse the toilet’s shut-off function. Water levels will be high, so high that they only drain through the overflow tube. Check your toilet’s manual to find the proper technique to clear the debris.


Any plumbing leak is an annoyance. But, something about a toilet leak just sends chills up my spine. No one wants to see a puddle forming around their porcelain throne. Unfortunately, there are multiple places where a toilet leak can originate. Here are a few things you can try:

  • Tightening the Valves
  • Tightening the Bolts
  • Looking for Cracks in the Fill Tank
  • Replacing the Wax Ring
  • Replacing the Supply Line

Follow the spillage to find the source of the leak to narrow your solution list. And be sure to take caution when tightening the bolts. If tightened too much, they can crack the porcelain and get you right back where you started.

Problems Flushing

If your toilet isn’t flushing, your mind immediately goes to clog. And it should. Clogs are easily one of the most common toilet problems. However, if there isn’t a clog you should take a look inside the tank. It helps to watch what goes on behind the scenes while you try to flush. Lift that lid and attempt to flush the toilet so you can watch for these few things:

  1. Loose handle: a simple tightening of a nut should do the trick in this case.
  2. Chain is loose or caught: untangle or adjust the chain that connects the handle to the flapper.
  3. Flapper is stuck: replace the flapper and make sure to get the appropriate size and shape for your toilet model.

 A lot can go wrong when it comes to your plumbing; toilet problems are just the tip of the iceberg. A Pro Plumbing is here to help you with even the simplest of plumbing repairs. We will get the problem solved quickly and effectively. Your satisfaction and peace of mind is our top priority. Give us a call or simply request your appointment online.