One of our two toilets keeps running (septic system); both toilets have black sediment (sand-like) in toilets and tanks and slightly gray water. The toilet closest to drain field keeps running (has 3-mo old flush valve, 3-mo old toilet) and the septic system and drain field were recently serviced. Please help!

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Have you verified that the flapper valve is seating properly? Even a brand new toilet can run if the flapper valve gets hung-up and is not allowed to close fully.

If you know for sure that the flapper valve is moving freely and tries to seal the drain pipe then try turning off the water flow and see if water is flowing in from the septic system. That's the only way I know that sediment would be able to enter the tank unless it was already in the line somehow.

Check those and report back if neither help to further evaluate.

  • Wow I wish I could give you more for your answer. The flapper would be my first GOTO , Maby a second would be to check the float level, if two high it would keep over flowing and cause the same problem but 99% of these are with a bad flapper. +
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 3:55

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