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How To Repair a Leaking Toilet

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

A person repairing a water leak from a toilet. Repair the leaks will prevent different damage caused by water.

Most household toilets are durable pieces of equipment that can withstand regular use for decades, with a minimum amount of maintenance. However, parts can wear out or come loose, leading to a leaking toilet. If your toilet has begun to leak, it is important to take steps to repair it, before it causes more damage.

Identify the Problem

The most common cause of a leak from the bottom of an old toilet is the failure of the wax seal. However, leaks can also be caused by other things:

  • Loose supply tube
  • Cracked tank
  • Broken shutoff valve
  • Sweaty bowl

Remove the water from the floor with a mop, wet/dry vacuum, sponge, or towel, and then dry the toilet. If there is a lot of water, or the water has caused a mold or mildew problem, you may need to contact a water remediation company in West Valley City, UT. If the puddle forms again, check to see if it is coming from under the toilet or from somewhere else.

Fix the Leak

If the water is coming from the bottom of the toilet, you may be able to fix the leaking toilet by tightening the bolts that attach the toilet to the floor. To do this, use a slotted screwdriver or putty knife to remove the caps that cover the bolts and then tighten the bolts with a wrench. Avoid applying excessive pressure, because this can crack the toilet. If this doesn't stop the leak, you may need to replace the wax seal. Replacing the seal is a more complicated toilet repair that involves removing the toilet. While you can do it yourself, you may want to contact a plumber instead.

Water from a leaking toilet can cause severe damage to your floor and lead to mold growth. It is important to repair leaks as soon as you discover them to avoid unnecessary damage.

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