Repair running toilets and save hundreds per year.
All Sergio and Dawn Garcia had to do to become homeowners was get married. They received a Tudor as a wedding gift. But dealing with some of the home's quirks isn't quite a honeymoon. They've asked home inspector Rick Yerger for help.
A running toilet is more than just a minor inconvenience. It can waste hundreds of gallons of water a year, flushing your hard-earned money down the drain.
The flush valve assembly in a toilet tank is a fairly simple mechanism. When the toilet is flushed, a rod pulls the attached chain, which opens the flapper. That allows the water to escape the tank and flush the bowl. After the tank empties, the flap closes, the inlet valve begins refilling the tank. The float ball senses when the tank is full and the water stops flowing. If water keeps seeping out after the tank is refilled, here are some ways to put an end to wasted water.