If you need your toilet repaired contact 24 Hour Plumber on (01) 531 2220. A common toilet breakdown includes a cistern leaking into the toilet bowl.

The cistern in your bathroom is a waterproof tank tasked with holding water until it is needed. When the toilet is flushed, the cistern releases the water for flushing waste from the toilet bowl and down, or out, into the sewer system. 

As simple as it looks, the cistern is an important part of the flushing mechanism. Unfortunately, because they handle such responsibility when cisterns stop working properly, it causes mayhem in homes. The most common problem linked with a cistern is water leaking into the toilet bowl.

Let’s look at the possible cause behind this.

Problems with the flush valve

If your toilet cistern keeps running and leaking water into the bowl, the problem most likely lies with the flush valve (aka flapper). 

The flush valve is part of the toilet mechanism that is stored inside the cistern and is responsible for moving the water into the bowl. If it doesn’t work properly, the water can start trickling out into the toilet bowl.

Cleaning the flush valve and cistern can sometimes eliminate the problem. If that doesn’t work, then contact us at 24 Hour Plumber to have a professional plumber take a look at the flush valve. Remember to turn off the water supply and empty the cistern before cleaning.

If you do attempt to clean the cistern and valve, be sure to avoid using anything too abrasive that could cause damage. When the cistern is cleaned and refilled, check if the problem is persisting. When cleaning doesn’t solve the issue, it is possible the valve will need to be replaced. 

If you are experiencing any kind of plumbing problems in your home, call 24 Hour Plumbing on (01) 531 2220 to book one of our local plumbers near you. 

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