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How do you stop a power flush toilet from constantly running?

We had to turn off the water main recently to fix a leaky spigot in the laundry area. When we turned the main back on, it wouldn't quit running. Please tell me this is something simple.

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You'll have to see if the water is leaking past the flush stopper or into the overflow tube. The tube is the little pipe where water drains if the tank is filled too high. The flush stopper is a rubber flapper mounted on the bottom of the overflow tube. If water is running into the tube, then the flush valve may be stuck, so shake it up and down (gently) and hopefully it will be freed. If water is not running into the tube, then reach down and try to seat the flapper stopper to see if something was lodged there to keep it from seating all the way. Would be a simple fix either way.

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Your aerators are probably clogged. The reason you still get water out of your tub and your spigot is because they have no screens to clog.
Have you had your water main shut recently or have the hydrants in your area been flushed? Both of these conditions can cause screens to clog. Remove the aerators, flush the lines and clean the aerators. If you still have no water, your stems and cartridges may also be clogged. They must be removed, cleaned and/or replaced, and the faucets flushed. If you have well water, your well may not be developed enough and is sucking up sand. This is usually not a concern if it's not a new well, or if your well hasn't been worked on lately.

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When a toilet stops working it can be a major inconvenience. If your toilet isn't working right, try the simple fixes below.

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When you jiggle the handle, nothing happens. Remove the lid from the toilet tank and peek inside. Most likely, either the chain came off at the lift rod or flapper end, or the rod broke in half. If the chain came off the rod, you can simply reattach it. (Finding the right amount of slack will take some trial and error.) Likewise, if it came off of the flapper, it can easily be reattached.

If the lift rod (the arm attached to the handle) is broken, you can purchase a new rod and handle assembly for a few bucks at just about any hardware store. A plastic nut holds the handle into the side of the tank and the whole assembly can be popped out and replaced. Once you've installed the new assembly, reattach the chain.

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Remove the tank lid and watch the toilet as it flushes. You'll probably see that the chain is too tight, causing the flapper to not close all the way, which results in water continuing to drain out and having to be replenished. Loosen the chain a little and see if it fixes the problem.

Another cause of a constantly-running toilet is an improper float height. The float is the balloon-looking thing that sits on the end of a shaft and falls and then rises when the toilet is flushed. When the float reaches a certain height, the fill valve is closed and the water stops flowing. If your toilet is running longer than it should, push down a tiny bit on the float and see if it stops running. If it does, the float just needs to be adjusted downward a little (by turning the screw at the other end of its shaft). You may need to try a few different heights to determine the optimal position of the float; adjust it slightly and flush the toilet, then adjust it again if necessary.

If there's not enough water pressure:

The chain may be too loose if there isn't enough pressure. With the tank lid off, watch the toilet flush. If there is too much slack in the chain, the flapper may close prematurely, reducing water pressure. Tighten the chain and see if that makes a difference.

Loss of water pressure can also be caused by the holes in the toilet bowl getting clogged up. There are little holes all around the side of the bowl, where water is forced into the bowl to refill it after a flush. If any of these holes get clogged, clean them out with a round file, a nail punch, or a similarly-shaped instrument. (Don't push too hard or hammer on the bowl.)

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If you are able to remove the clog, turn the water back on and flush the toilet to make sure the clog is completely gone.

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