Is a leaky toilet something you’re trying to figure out? Then, after reading about the top causes of toilet leaks and ways to resolve the issue you’ll know what to do.
A toilet that leaks water at the base is unsettling. Going barefoot in the water, especially first thing in the morning is a terrible idea. In most cases, a plumber isn’t needed for the fix because it’s so easy to fix on your own. If you follow the steps outlined below, you will be able to repair leaking toilets.
The reason why some toilets leak at the base is unknown.
Water from the Bathroom Shower Drains to the Floor
Since the toilet itself is a source of water, it stands to reason that any leaks would originate there. But the exact opposite is usually the case.
Moisture-laden air may be collecting on the exterior of the toilet bowl or tank. The process results in the formation of moisture droplets, which eventually settle to the bottom of the bowl or tank. Possible causes include a constantly running toilet or a temperature difference between the water in the tank and the surrounding air.
This problem can be fixed by adding or updating the bathroom exhaust fan, heating the bathroom, or installing a drop tray below the tank to collect condensation that would otherwise pool on the floor. The toilet should be fixed if it is always running and is part of the problem.
The Toilet Seat Is Loose.
The toilets are secured to the floor with bolts. These bolts secure the metal or plastic closet flange, which wraps over the top of the sewer pipe, to the subfloor.
It’s possible that the toilet’s bolts will loosen up over time. If water is dripping around the base of your toilet, you may be able to stop it by tightening these bolts. There’s a chance the toilet is loose because the seal is broken or leaking; if so, fixing it is essential (see below).
A broken toilet seal causes leaks. Water There’s a wax ring underneath your toilet that seals it to the sewer pipe and the closet flange.
The wax used to seal the toilet’s base can harden or crack with time, enabling water to leak out. It’s also possible the first wax seal wasn’t robust enough.
To solve the problem, you must disassemble the toilet, clean the flange, and replace the wax seal with a silicone ring or other form of superior seal.
Toilet Bowl and Tank Are Unsealed and Loose
The two primary parts of most toilets are the bowl at the base and the tank at the top. Tanks are typically fastened to bowls with a mack washer and a set of brass or plastic bolts.
These bolts may come loose, the O-ring gasket between the tank and the bowl may crack or shatter, or both may happen. Occasionally, a better connection can be achieved by tightening the nuts that hold the two parts together. An alternative gasket can be used in place of a faulty one.
Rusted bolts may be impossible to tighten and require replacement. If this is the case, you may want to consider getting professional help, as cutting the bolts by hand requires some training and experience.
Careful Planning is Necessary for Your Safety
It’s unsanitary to let water pool around the toilet’s base. You should wear latex gloves when working with toilets. When you’re done, use a solution to thoroughly clean the area to ensure that it’s free of any germs.
Fixing a Leaky Toilet Bowl
Before looking for any toilet plumbing services, first try to apply these tips for leaky toilets at your home.
Tighten up the Tee Bolts.
Remove the plastic coverings from the left and right sides of the toilet’s base. Use a ratcheting open-end wrench to secure the tee nuts. When you secure the toilet to the floor, you’ll be compressing the wax ring that seals the drain exit.
In order to install a new wax ring and new bolts, you may need to take the toilet apart and put it back together if the tee bolts are already tight or cannot be tightened any further.
It’s time to disassemble that commode and haul it somewhere else.
The water supply must be turned off to the toilet before any work can be done on it. The water supply tube and the end of the water valve are usually located on the left side of the toilet, and this is also where the shutoff valve may be found.
Remove the old wax ring, and replace it with a new one.
To get rid of the old wax surrounding the drain hole, you can use a putty knife. Be certain that all traces of the previous wax have been removed.
As soon as the putty is completely gone, the replacement wax ring can be inserted. The plastic cone will be positioned toward the drain when the ring has been installed. Verify that the tee bolts are properly positioned in the flange’s key holes on both sides.
Reassemble the lavatory.
It is important to carefully raise the loo and position it back over the drain to check that the tee bolts fit through the holes in the base. In order to create a watertight seal between the wax ring and the toilet, it is necessary to press the toilet down onto the ring and rock it back and forth gently.
Using a wrench, snug up the tee bolts and nuts, but don’t overdo it or you risk cracking the porcelain.
Come up with a plan to connect the water lines.
Connect the water pipe back to the fill spout and activate the water flow. After that, you should refill the tank, flush the toilet, and look for any signs of leakage.
After making sure there are no leaks, caulk the base of your toilet. It’s unsanitary to let water pool around the toilet’s base. You should wear latex gloves when working with toilets. When you’re done, use a solution to thoroughly clean the area to ensure that it’s free of any germs.