The toilet fill valve is located inside the tank portion of your toilet. Its purpose is to control water when flowing into the tank, and it is attached to a float. When the fill valve comes on, the float will drop inside the tank. Once the water has reached the fill level, the valve will close to ensure that no more water flows into the tank.
Can a Toilet Valve Go Bad?
Yes, your toilet valve can go bad. Since they are made of plastic, they will not rust or have corrosion. They will, however, have mineral and scale buildup. This is especially true if you have hard water. You can use in-bowl toilet cleaning chemicals to help prevent this, but you can expect this to happen once in a while during the life of your toilet fill valve. Toilet fill valves can also break due to a malfunctioning float.
How to Tell If Your Fill Valve Has Gone Bad
Typically, when your fill valve goes bad, your toilet will constantly run, and you will hear the steady trickling of water. If you hear any kind of noise coming from your toilet after it should have been filled, this is an indicator that you should replace your fill valve.
How to Replace the Fill Valve
If you’re experienced with plumbing repairs, you can replace your fill valve, but you will need to ensure that the proper precautions are taken. If you install it wrong, it could lead to the toilet overflowing or continuing issues with the toilet running constantly. If your toilet runs a lot, you could be facing high water bills. If you’re not experienced with plumbing repairs and are dealing with an issue with your toilet fill valve, the best course of action is to call our plumbers and have them repair it for you.
At Gideon Plumbing, we proudly serve Duncan, BC and the surrounding areas. We offer plumbing, gas installation, underground utility, and drain cleaning services. If you have an issue with your toilet valve, call us today.