Is My Toilet Leaking ?

Plumbing in bathrooms is a huge part of the job for any professional plumber. There are more pipes and fixtures in a bathroom than in any other room in the house, including the kitchen. You are more likely to notice issues with the bathroom plumbing right after they start and then move fast to have them fixed. That is the correct thing to do! When you think you need a plumber in the middle Tennessee area to repair your bathroom’s plumbing, give us a call at 615-864-9459 and we will send a H20 plumbing specialist to come out and help you with any problems you have. The job will be done right and for a affordable price. We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week for your convenience.

What Causes Toilets to Leak

Leaky Gaskets

Does your toilet sound like it takes forever to fill the water tank ? You jiggle the flush handle and it finally stops ? Then you have a leaking gasket. It is the rubber gasket connected from the tank to the toilet bowl. This is what opens when you pull or push the flush handle or button. They dry up over time and wear out causing a bad seal on the opening to the toilet bowl and the fill valve keeps running because the float is telling the fill valve that the water tank is not full.

There is also a gasket where the water line connects to the fill valve. If this wears out then water will start to leak onto the floor. Many times the solution to this problem will have to be solved by replacing the fill valve. The gasket is already provided with the assembly and it is better to just replace the whole assembly so everything fits snug.

Broken or Loose Feed Line

The feed line is the water line connected to the fill valve. Liked we talked about above there is a gasket in between these to parts. There is also a nut that tightens down on the fill valve that secures the flexible water line onto the fill valve. These are usually plastic and can crack or loosen over time. You can try to tighten the nut but to much can crack it. The nut is provided in the fill valve assembly just like the gasket. It is best to just buy a whole new fill valve assembly.

Failed Wax Ring

If you notice water leaking around the base of the toilet then you have a wore out wax ring. This is the seal between the toilet and the drain pipe in the floor. These wax rings dry up over time. The only option for a failed wax ring is to replace it. The wax ring itself is very cheap but the installation of it is very difficult. You will need to uninstall the toilet. These means removing the water line and unbolting it from the floor. This should be done by a professional plumber.

A Cracked Porcelain Toilet Bowl

A cracked bowl is a very serious issue. In this case the bowl must be replaced. You might want to consider replacing the whole toilet itself due to the fact that manufactures are always changing the looks and styles of there toilets. Please call a professional plumber immediately if this happens.

Water Leaks Can be Dangerous

If you notice water leaking around your toilet it needs to be addressed immediately. Water Damage to your floor can cause even more expensive repairs in the long run. Rotting wood under the toilet has even caused toilets to drop through the floor when weight has been applied to them. You do not want to risk serious injury just because you failed to take care of a little water on the floor.

Please give us a call if you notice any of these signs. We can save you a lot of money in the long run if these issues are taken care of immediately.