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Article from Stuff
If your toilet's always a-going, it means the flush valve washer is worn out, or the ballcock washer (the thing that floats in the cistern) isn't shutting off properly.
Whether a homeowner can fix it, "depends on how handy they are."
"Flush valve washers are easy to fix, depending on the toilet," said Crump. "Normally you can remove the whole centre part of the system, that's where you find that washer. Over time they just perish and wear out, so you can replace that."
"The ballcock often a bit more complex, often you have to take the whole thing out. A lot of the more modern toilets, it's the same sort of system but they look a lot more complex. So to service them is probably a lot harder for a homeowner."
'There are generally only two reasons why this is happening; either the flush valve is not doing it’s job properly and is letting water through, or if it is a more modern toilet cistern, the flush valve has a centre overflow and your inlet valve is not shutting off and is overflowing back into the bowl instead.
Again more often than not this can be repaired with a new washer kit with prices for flush valve washers ranging from $3.00 – $20.00 plus minimum charge for installation. Unless told otherwise by our client, when we are servicing a leaking toilet cistern we will always replace the washers in both the inlet valve and flush valves at the same time as we feel the small extra cost of doing this at one time will save you money in the long run.'