Why Is My Toilet Leaking?

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How To Fix A Toilet Leak.

Toilets can leak internally and externally. An external leak can cause black mold to grow around your toilet base or damage in your bathroom? And toilet leak can waste a lot of water, especially if they are left unattended.

1.  Leaking Toilet Flapper Water Seal.

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Some toilet flapper seal problems cause the fill valve to run constantly. The fill valve is really more of a symptom and the underlying cause is something else. The flapper is a common problem and can wear out every few years.

If the flapper is old, appears cracked and brittle, or seems to have mineral deposits on it, it could be causing your toilet problems. Touch the flapper. If the coloring from your flapper gets on your fingertips, your flapper is deteriorating and needs to be replaced. Sometimes, though, the flapper is also a symptom, with a root cause of a sticky handle or a maladjusted flapper chain. Learn how to replace your leaky toilet flapper.

2. Check Your Toilet Float "Ball."

Having the ball float set too high forces the water level to rise above the overflow pipe, and as a result, the tank never stops draining. Bend the float arm to fix. To fix a cup float, locate the means by which it adjusts (often a pinching mechanism), then slide the float down the central tube that it sits around.

If neither the flapper nor fill tube solves the problem then replace the fill valve.

3. Toilet Fill Valve Leaking? How to Fix a Running Toilet.

This is a common toilet repair. With a faulty fill valve, you’ll hear water running continuously, the toilet may not flush, a weak flush, or takes a long time for tank to fill with water after a flush. Even if you don’t hear the water running, it’s important to know that sometimes, minor leaks in toilets go unnoticed.

The fill valve's function opens to let water through and then closes at the right time. If debris (even hard water minerals) has built up inside the valve, you have a problem. Toilet can run constantly, doesn't fill, or fills slowly, including a slight hissing sound as water pushes through.

Repair toilet fill valve. Remove the toilet tank cover. Flush the toilet and look for a fill valve leak. Lift up on the toilet float arm when the tank is filling to see if the water stops. Bend the toilet float arm so the tank stops filling.

4. Replace the Fill Valve.

To accomplish this, first turn water off, then drain the tank, then free the valve from its position by unscrewing the water supply line and lock nut from outside the tank. Bring the old valve with you when you go shopping. Once you’re back at home, secure the new valve, adjust the float to the desired water level, and you should be good to go!

 5. How to Fix Leak Between Toilet Tank and Bowl.

Is the toilet leaking between the tank and the bowl? If you see water leaking down the base of your toilet, or pooling on the floor, it could be a sign that your tank to bowl gasket is leaking.

  1. Shut off toilet water supply. Then flush and hold the lever down to drain the water from your tank.
  2. Place a bucket underneath your toilet tank to catch any excess water when you disconnect the toilet water supply line.
  3. Locate and remove all old nuts, bolts, and washers from the toilet tank.
  4. Carefully lift up on the tank from the bowl and remove the old tank-to-bowl sponge gasket.
  5. Place the new sponge gasket over the mounting nut threads.
  6. Carefully set the tank onto the bowl. Use the bolts, rubber washers, washers, and hex nuts, to attach the tank to the bowl. Apply downward pressure to keep the tank level as you tighten the nuts in an alternating fashion until the tank is stable.
  7. Do not over tighten the nuts; doing so may cause the porcelain to crack.
  8. Reattach the water supply line and turn on water supply.

 6. Toilet Leak At Base? How to Replace a Toilet Wax Ring or Wax Free Toilet Seal

If you see small puddles of water by the toilet base or even black mold around the caulking area your wax ring is leaking. The toilet seal is an important part of your toilet. Located on the bottom of a toilet, the seal is a wax gasket ring that rests on the floor.

The purpose is to seal and stop water and foul sewer gas odors from leaking into your home. It prevents widespread damage to your home and costly repairs. Usually the wax ring lasts for 20 years, but sometimes they leak or were not placed properly when the toilet was installed. To fix this issue, you’ll actually have to remove the toilet. Learn how to replace a toilet wax ring.

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How do I know where my toilet is leaking from?

To figure out where your toilet is leaking from you can check: 

  • Around your toilet bowl.
  • Under your toilet’s tank.
  • Inside your toilet’s tank.

Regardless of where your toilet is leaking, it is important to have it addressed right away to prevent further damage to your home. To find out more about getting your toilet fixed, call us today

How do you stop a toilet from leaking water?

To stop a toilet from leaking water you can 

  • Adjust the water level float in your tank. 
  • Replace the flapper in your toilet’s tank.
  • Replace your toilet’s assembly. 

Although plumbing is fairly straight forward, even standard plumbing fixes can be hard to execute if you do not have the proper plumbing knowledge or tools. To get your toilet fixed, contact us today

Why is my toilet leaking through the floor?

Your toilet may be leaking through the floor because of a broken or faulty wax ring. The wax ring is designed to create a barrier between your toilet and your floor. If the wax ring is faulty, water can begin to escape through the floor rather than around your toilet. This issue is also typically accompanied by a sewer smell due to the type of3 leak. If you find that your toilet is leaking through the floor, you should have it fixed right away. To get your toilet repaired, give us a call today

What causes a toilet to leak from the bottom or base?

A toilet may be leaking from the bottom because its wax ring is faulty or has worn out. If you notice that your toilet is leaking from the base, you should discontinue using and have it repaired right away. If your toilet is leaking from the bottom or base, contaminated water will continue to pool around your toilet, posing a risk to your health and your home’s structure. To get your toilet repaired, contact PDM today

How can I stop my toilet from leaking?

To stop your toilet from leaking, you can: 

  • Replace your toilet’s flapper
  • Adjust your toilet’s float
  • Replace your toilet’s ballcock

If you notice your toilet is leaking, but you lack the plumbing tools, knowledge or experience to address the issue, you should have a plumber repair your toilet for you. Call us today to get your toilet repaired

Where would a toilet leak?

Based on the issue with your toilet, it may leak from

  • The base of the toilet.
  • The gaskets. 
  • The toilet bowl.
  • The feed line valve.

In some instances, it may be difficult to distinguish where the leak is coming from. If you do not have plumbing experience, you should have a plumber repair your toilet for you. To get your toilet leak repaired, give us a call today.  

Take Signs of Mold Seriously.

Do you see black stains around the toilet base or bottom of toilet? Stop mold from spreading. Stop leaks and dry the water-damaged areas within 24 to 48 hours. This will prevent mold growth. Some people can be highly allergic to mold, and a few mold types provoke toxic reactions in those who have no allergies. Learn more about mold from the EPA.

EPA says 20-40% of Toilets Leak.

Toilet Parts 2Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home's indoor water consumption. Older toilets that use 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes.

EPA says by replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that's nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! They could also save more than $140 per year in water costs, and $2,900 over the lifetime of the toilets. Learn about EPA water saving facts.

If you have a leaking toilet, it’s a good idea to learn some basic troubleshooting. A quiet leak can be a part of any of the common toilet leaks.

How to Check for Toilet Leaks.

  1. Add food color to the toilet tank and wait 30 minutes.
  2. Then check the toilet bowl to see if coloring appears. If so, your toilet leaks.
  3. Flush the toilet promptly to make sure tank is not stained.

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