If we were to ask a sampling of homeowners what they think of when they first hear the word “plumbing,” “toilet” would likely be one of the most common answers. The bathroom houses your toilet, sink, bathtub, and shower, and your bathroom plumbing system is one of the most important in your home. That is why it is so alarming to find any problems with any component of that system. A leaking toilet is of particular concern.
Unfortunately, toilet leaks are more complex than many homeowners realize. There are different types of leaks that may develop, and some are definitely more serious than others. The best thing to do if you suspect that your toilet is leaking is to have a professional assess the situation. Here are a few tips on how to handle a leaking toilet in New Port Richey, FL, as well as what you can expect as far as further action.
Different Types of Leaks
One issue that we encounter from time to time is homeowners that have let leaks go on for longer than they should have. This isn’t because they didn’t care or that they think leaks are no big deal, but rather because sometimes there is going to be water on your bathroom floor. Someone may have stepped out of the shower without drying off sufficiently, or perhaps condensation has dripped off your toilet tank.
That is definitely a best case scenario, but it’s not a guarantee that you don’t have a more serious issue to deal with. One common cause of the problem is water leaking from inside the toilet tank. You can drop some food coloring or a color tab into the tank to test this theory. If the water in the bowl is colored in about a half hour, the tank is probably leaking. You may just need new bolts or washers for those bolts to plug up the leak, or you could have an issue with cracks in the tank itself. In case of the latter, replacing the tank is your best option.
A leaking shut-off valve could also be to blame, or a leaking supply line. You can check on these yourself. Simply look behind the toilet and find the flexible lines or rigid pipe feeding the toilet. Look for moisture coming from any points of connection. If it looks like these lines are leaking, we can definitely have a look and replace them for you.
The Big One
Replacing a toilet tank certainly isn’t something to look forward to. If you have water leaking from under your toilet, though, you may have an even bigger issue on your hands. It could mean that the wax seal beneath your toilet has gone bad. Now, even with a bad wax ring, the water from your toilet should still be dropping down the drain. You are probably dealing with a stoppage in addition to a compromised wax ring. The toilet will have to be completely removed, the old ring replaced, the stoppage cleared (if necessary), and the toilet reinstalled. This is definitely a job to leave to the pros.
Give Experts Plumbing Services, LLC a call if you have any reason to believe your toilet is leaking.