Urinal Keeps Running? How to Fix it

If your urinal is in your business workplace or your establishment, you must be aware of how to keep it clean. Sometimes, if your urinal keeps running and you don’t know how to fix it, it may cost you more to hire a professional plumber. Also, they might take some time to arrive for the rescue. You should call a professional plumber if you have a problem with your urinal. However, it would help if you tried to solve it by doing some basic repairs. It’s crucial that you know what to do and how to fix it. If the urinal isn’t flushing, here are some tips for determining where the problem is and how to fix it.

Why Your Urinal Keeps Running

Why is this happening? Toilets typically do what they should be doing, but every so often, they act strangely. It is common for a toilet to become decommissioned or to continue running without a flush.

Most likely, it is an issue with the diaphragm, which allows the water to flow through the toilet.   Diaphragms move up and down as necessary to allow water to flow down the toilet. Sometimes some debris becomes stuck under the diaphragm, resulting in the toilet not being flushed properly, or it can get worn out. Since public toilets are often used, it’s understandable that some of the components that make up a toilet or a urinal will require to get replaced.

Your Urinal Keeps Running? How to Fix It

Urinal Keeps Running? How to Fix it
Urinal keeps running

Now without wasting time, it’s best if we jump straight into it.

Step One:

Whenever possible, turn the water that runs to your bathroom off. You should be able to work on the urinals while you wait for the water to stop running. If something happens to the main water line, you’ll be able to shut it off while you wait for someone to come and fix it.

Step Two:

Find the urinal that keeps running and shut the main water line to that urinal. This will allow you to clean the urinal quickly, and the water will go directly to the toilet.

Many urinal covers have a cap that needs to be removed before they can be used. You can stop turning the water off entirely by turning a flathead screwdriver to the right. When you turn off the water, you can work on cleaning the urinal. You won’t have to worry about water from the main line leaking into the bathroom.

Step Three:

Flush the toilet to check if the water is turned off. After you close the water line to the toilet, the toilet should be able to flush normally.

If you do that, the water in the toilet should stop flowing. If you can’t get the water out of the toilet, don’t flush the toilet.

Step Four:

Locate and loosen the recessed cap on the top of the bowl. I usually use a flat wrench to unscrew the toilet cap, so it doesn’t damage the affluent tube. I also use a towel to wrap the head cap as I take out the cap.

Use a wrench and turn it to the left to loosely secure the cap. Some of the water that flows from the drain will be able to escape from the cap, so try removing it.

Step Five:

Take off the cap and the rubber cover around the relief valve. Check these parts for damage or any other foreign objects that might cause the water to be leaking. Even a dripping toilet can cause water to leak from the toilet, so it’s more than possible that it’s the valve assembly. Replace the cap that secures the flush head to the valve and inspect the other components for damage.

Step Six:

Turn the water back on by turning the water supply on. Do this by gently turning a screwdriver in a counterclockwise motion.

Once you have pulled the main water line open, allow the water to flow back into the water line to the toilet and flush it.

Before flushes, clean all the joints and check for leaks that may occur during or after flushes. If the urinal or toilet is leaking, tighten the joint and flush. You should be able to flush the toilet again.

Chances are, your toilet or urinal will be working again!

FAQs

How can I control the flow of water in a urinal?

If you have low water pressure, try turning the control screw counterclockwise to boost the flow of urinal water. Start by turning the urinal around 1/4 inch and flushing the urinal until the water level in the urinal is normal. Wait until the urinal is full, and adjust if necessary. Repeat these steps until you have a water level that’s just right.

Why does the fill valve keep working when I go to fill the tank with water?

A short chain that doesn’t close the flapper completely will cause water to still leak out of the urinal. This will cause the repeated turning off and on cycle to fill the tank. If your chain is too long or the flush rod is too long, it won’t stay open longer for the flush to complete.

Key Takeaway

Is your urinal constantly turning on and off? It’s irritating, and it wastes your water. I walked through many bathrooms in the commercial bathrooms that were running continuously. It was only after I started doing some research that I realized it was probably a simple problem.

When I first started learning about toilets, I discovered that it was easy to repair them. It’s as easy as turning off the water by turning on the breaker and removing the head. Turn the water off in the toilet, and it will cease to run.

Next, think about the problem and try to find a solution. The chances of it being the diaphragm failing you are very high, and you should change it immediately. The parts in the urinal can wear out with time, and that can cause problems.

Restart the water supply to the toilet by unscrewing the cap on the toilet. Check if everything looks okay. If everything looks good, there is probably nothing wrong with the toilet. Try flushing the toilet. What does the diaphragm of the toilet flush like? What do you think of the toilet? What happens to the relief valve?

Even a toilet flush looks normal, but it might be because of a hidden problem. Install the valve again and put the cap back on the toilet. Turn on the water in the toilet to start the water line that goes to the bathroom. Make sure that the water in the toilet is turned on.

I bet everything will be working perfectly again! It only consumes 10-15 minutes to fix a broken toilet! It will be painless, and it will help you for many years! As always, thanks for reading this helpful article. I do my best to provide you with the best toiletry information available. Good luck!

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