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A running toilet is a frustrating problem because not only is it annoying, but it is going to run up your water bill. In order to get your toilet to stop running, you first need to determine why it is running in the first place. Before you do anything else, turn the water to the toilet off. This is going to prevent water damage if the toilet were to have an issue with overfilling. Turning the water off is also going to make assessing the problem a lot easier.
When You Take the Back Off
A quick lesson in what you're looking at when you open the back of the toilet will help you diagnose the problem. You'll see the flush handle from the back, a float ball which is large and usually black, the fill valve where the water comes back in and the flapper which rises when the flush handle is pressed down. Flush the toilet and watch everything. Is there anything not working properly?
Look at the Flapper: Is it broken or possibly warped, so it's not sealing all the way? Over time, it is normal for a flapper to become worn out as it has to work pretty hard in a house with a lot of flushing. First, you should see if it is just dirty. If it is dirty, the dirt could be weighing down the flapper and making it hard for it to function properly. Try cleaning the flapper and seeing if the problem goes away. If this does not fix the problem or you notice the flapper is worn out or broken, just purchase a new one and replace it.
What Else You Should Be Checking
You might find when you wiggle the handle it stops running. If that's the way you've been getting it to stop, it's probably an issue with the way the handle is connected to the tank ball or the flapper. It could be a case of someone fixing it incorrectly before you moved in. If the chain is too short it will hold the flapper up just enough so it's always running. Replacing the chain with a longer one will allow it to close all the way and stop the toilet from running.
Another common reason your toilet continues to run is the ball is too high. This means the water will keep filling above the fill line and can even leak over the top. You can bend the rod attached to the float ball down to stop it from filling too high.
Even with this information in hand, it is normal to feel uncomfortable doing your own plumbing work. If you don't want to do the work on the toilet yourself, don't hesitate to call a plumber and ask for help.