When you pull the lever on your toilet, it is only supposed to flush a single time. Then, the toilet should refill and return to its default state. But if your toilet continues to flush, this might be the result of a flapper that has worn out and will need to be repaired.
The Flapper Might Be Broken
The flapper on your toilet is meant to create a seal that separates the tank and the bowl of the toilet. Like with any part, the flapper will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. The flapper itself is not very expensive. However, you will want to consider hiring a plumber to repair your toilet because there are other problems that might also be the cause of your toilet continuing to flush.
The plumber will inspect the flapper to determine if it is worn or old and will then replace it. A flapper is inexpensive and most of the cost will be due to labor. However, the plumber must make sure that the problem is with the flapper and not another issue such as the length of the chain. The chain makes sure that the flapper is positioned correctly so that it forms a tight seal.
The Water Level Might Be Too High
Another problem might be that the water level of your toilet is set too high. The water level of your toilet is controlled by the float valve or by a traditional ballcock. If the valve is set too high, the water will spill over the overflow tube and cause the toilet to continue to flush.
The Floating Ballcock Might Be Stuck
Sometimes, the floating ballcock will become stuck. If this is the case, the ballcock might need to be replaced. Fortunately, this can be done inexpensively.
The Fill Valve Might Be Defective
The fill valve might be defective. This is a valve that is responsible for filling the tank with water. Then, too much water will enter the bowl and the toilet will continue to run. Fortunately, this problem is simple to fix when identified.
Many toilet repair options are easy to do and effective. However, the key is to find out what is causing the problem with your toilet in the first place. If you do not understand how your toilet works, it might be necessary to hire a plumber so that your toilet will no longer be broken and so you will not be wasting water and running up your water bill.
Reach out to a plumbing contractor near you to learn more.