How Does High Water Pressure Cause a Toilet to Run?
Many people call and ask what causes their toilet to run constantly. Sometimes it is difficult to determine what the real problem is because there are several reasons that can cause that to happen, including high water pressure.
To help you understand, we will look at reasons this might occur.
4 Reasons the Water in a Toilet Might Be Running:
- If the ballcock or float is not properly adjusted, it can cause the toilet to leak, running constantly. Water will just be washed away into the internal overflow and wasted.
- The flush valve and flush handle is another reason that a toilet might run if they are in a bind or become stuck after the flush.
- If the flapper valve is not properly installed in the tank, water will flow by into the toilet bowl and water will constantly try to fill the tank..
- Even though high water pressure is not the top reason why a toilet may be continually running, it can become a serious issue for the toilet and all the other plumbing fixtures if the water pressure is above 80 PSI.
Why Does High Water Pressure Happen?
Most experts agree that the maximum water pressure in a home’s water supply system should not exceed 60 to 70PSI at most. We find that systems and fixtures will operate properly within a 45 to 55PSI range.
Unless your home is either older or on a rural property and have your own water well, then in some way you probably get your water from a public utility or water district. These entities will either have their own large wells or purchase water from a larger utility that has excess. A water utility will then hold that water in their own tanks and storage facilities and distribute it to their customers.
High water pressure can be a direct result of issues within their systems and out of the normal homeowner’s control.
Water Pressure in a Utility System May Experience Fluctuation
Water Utilities must provide correct pressures to commercial enterprises with maunfacturing processes and fire protection needs. Attempting to balance these requirements and water pressure within their system can be a difficult task when other factors are commonplace:
- Water levels within their own storage tanks.
- Water surges into storage tanks from the large diameter supply pipes from the larger utility supplier.
- Water pump start up or malfunctions on the distribution lines.
- Home location along a water line supply route and the distance from the source or the water pump itself.
How Can a Homeowner Protect Their Home?
We will address the best possible solution for affected homeowners in our next article. There is a way to protect your home.