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03 Apr

Signs it is time to replace your toilet fill valve

When it comes to the smooth operation of your home’s plumbing system, the humble valve that fills up your toilet tank after each flush plays a pivotal – and often overlooked – role.

This component maintains the proper balance between water intake and outflow, but like any mechanical part, it can wear out over its 5- to 7-year lifespan.

Let the affiliated contractors of Plumbers 911 show you the signs that it may be time to replace your toilet fill valve before you waste an excessive amount of water and money.

Constant running

A toilet that sounds like it is continuously running when it is not in use is a telltale sign that the fill valve is malfunctioning.

When the valve is not sealing properly, water will leak into the toilet bowl, triggering the replenishment of the tank for a persistent and unnecessary flow. 

Visible damage or corrosion

Cracks, rust or lime deposits are clear indicators that something is wrong and needs to be addressed promptly.

Periodically inspect your fill valve for any signs of wear, corrosion or mineral buildup to prevent further leaks or water damage. 

Weak or phantom flushing

If it cannot allow enough water to enter the tank, a worn-out fill valve might result in a weak flush, incomplete waste removal and frequent clogging issues.

Along the same vein, phantom flushing could indicate a problem. This occurs when a toilet spontaneously flushes on its own, as it may be trying to compensate for perceived water loss if a faulty fill valve fails to maintain the proper water level in the tank. 

Water bills rising

A sudden increase in your utility bill without any corresponding increase in usage usually indicates a leak, and the toilet fill valve would be a likely reason. 

On the other hand, small leaks may go unnoticed as they waste significant amounts of water over time, which is why regular inspection and professional maintenance are necessary to protect your home and wallet. 

Trust Plumbers 911 for your maintenance and repair needs

The ability to recognize the various signs that it is time to replace your toilet fill valve and take prompt action to do so can help avoid costly repairs while conserving water and the longevity of your home’s plumbing system. 

A referral to one of the professional plumbing contractors affiliated with Plumbers 911 is the first step to diagnose and repair the problem properly.

Plumbers 911 is a referral service affiliated with the best local plumbing contractors who are licensed, bonded and insured. They employ highly qualified plumbing professionals who receive over 10,000 hours of training and submit to rigorous background checks. 

Find a local Plumbers 911-affiliated professional in your area today

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