Water leaking from the toilet is never a good sign. You need to get the problem fixed ASAP, and thankfully, many plumbing companies remain available 24 hours a day for emergency service.
In this guide, we’ll go over the common sources of leaks, as well as what you should do if your toilet is affected. There may be something you can do on your own—but it’s typically best left to professional plumbers.
Finding the Source of the Problem
When you notice water falling on the floor, your first step is to figure out where the water is coming from. If it’s leaking quickly or if it’s started to flood your bathroom, turn off the water first. The water shutoff valve to the toilet is typically located right next to it, or, if absolutely necessary, you can shut off the water supply to the whole home.
Then, dry off the floor and wait a few minutes to see where water is seeping from. If there is a crack in the toilet bowl or tank, you’ll need a toilet replacement.
If, however, the leak comes from the bottom of the bowl, where it seals to the ground, it might not be too hard to repair. Often, a plumber only has to replace the wax seal. Or you may be able to do something on your own.
Tightening Loose Bolts
Try this: grab a wrench that works with the bolts holding down the toilet. You might have to remove plastic covers first in order to see the bolts.
Dry off the floor and screw in the bolts one by one. With each turn, wait a while and check the floor to see if it has solved the issue. If not, it’s likely time to call in a plumber.
Leaks Between the Toilet Tank and Bowl
A toilet that runs is also experience leakage, though not the type that tends to be able to flood your bathroom. Instead, a leak between the toilet tank and the bowl causes the toilet to occasionally make noise.
You can test for leakage by dropping a dye tab into the tank, waiting 20-30 minutes, and finding out whether the dye is seeping into the bowl. If so, you might need to replace the flush valve, which you can find at a hardware store—or your local plumbers can make sure the job is done right.
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