Most common causes of 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 water, especially if they are left unattended.
Top leaky toilet causes.
1. Leaking toilet flapper water seal.
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. Is my toilet fill valve leaking?
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.
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 when the water level is 1/2- to 1-in.
3. Damaged wax seal on the bottom of the toilet. Or wobbly toilet?
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 was 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.
Black ring around your toilet can make you sick.
If you have black mold on the base of the toilet you probably have a leak in the wax ring that seals the toilet to the drain.
Solution. Remove the toilet and replace the wax ring. You should also check the drain line as the toilet may not be flushing properly causing added water pressure on the wax ring.
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.
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.
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.
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 bottom, you should discontinue using and have it repaired right away. If your toilet is leaking from the bottom, 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 us today.
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.
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.
Stop mold from spreading. Stop leaks and dry water-damaged areas within 24 to 48 hours. This will prevent mold growth. Some people can be highly allergic to them, and a few types provoke toxic reactions in those who have no allergies.Â Learn more about mold from the EPA.
EPA says 20-40% of toilets leak. Do you have a silent toilet leak?
Toilets 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.
- Add food color to the toilet tank and wait 30 minutes.
- Then check the toilet bowl to see if coloring appears. If so, your toilet leaks.
- Flush the toilet promptly to make sure tank is not stained.
For 135 years PDM has offered toilet repair and installation service in the greater Bolingbrook, Homer Glen, Joliet, New Lenox, Plainfield, IL area.
If you’d rather leave the plumbing services to the professionals, PDM Plumbing is here. Whether you need your toilet seal, leaky toilet fixed or toilet replaced, our fast and reliable clean team can get the job done. Contact PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Since 1885 today for an efficient plumbing appointment and, as always, the best in customer service.
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