Sounds like the start of a bad joke, doesn’t it? But it’s no laughing matter. A running toilet can waste thousands of dollars and gallons of water a year. Seriously. A “running” toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month.
A leaking toilet can cause water damage in your bathroom if the problem is not corrected. If the toilet in your bathroom is old, there may be parts that have failed. Parts that can fail include the seal on the inside of the tank or the handle. When the seal for the tank does not work correctly, water continues to run out of the toilet.
One reason that the seal or flapper on the inside of the tank can fail is when a toilet cleaning product is used inside the tank. Chemicals in the cleaning product can react with the rubber flapper and cause it to deform. When this happens, the flapper can no longer be seated properly. A flapper that is warped or damaged will no longer keep water in the tank.
Corrosion is another problem that can cause the flapper to lose its seal. This can be caused by water in the tank that is not properly treated. Another reason that a toilet continues to run is when the float is not working properly. Fixing a running toilet may require the services of a plumber. A replacement for your toilet may be necessary depending on the problem.