Stepping on water leaking from your bathroom toilet is an unpleasant experience. But more than being gross, it will cause other problems like damage to your property and increased water bills.
Read on to learn about various causes of leaking toilets and how to fix them.
The Flapper is Stuck Open
Sometimes, the flapper’s chain or link arm can catch on something in the tank, keeping the flapper open. The flapper could also be wedged open or be misaligned. If it’s unable to close, water will continuously pour into the bowl.
A simple adjustment can fix the problem. However, if the flapper is worn or has built-up sediment, you might need to clean or replace it.
Broken Flush Pipe Seal
If the leak seems to be coming from above the pan but below the cistern tank, your toilet’s flush pipe seal may be worn. To replace the seal, you’ll need to lift the cistern tank away from the bowl. This isn’t a particularly difficult repair for non-professionals, but it is recommended that those with no experience hire a plumber.
Loose or Broken Toilet Seal
Loose Flange Bolts
Toilets are bolted to the floor and attached to a flange. A flange is attached to the floor around the top of the sewer pipe.
These bolts can loosen over time, causing your toilet to be unstable. If your toilet moves or rocks, it might damage the flange seal. If the seal is loose or cracked, water will leak from the base of the toilet.
When this happens, you will need to remove the toilet and replace the seal. If the flange itself is broken, you will need to call a professional.
In addition to the flange, toilets are also sealed along the perimeter of the toilet’s base.
Older toilets are usually cemented to the tiles. These make them very sturdy, but poor installation can still cause them to become unstable with time. Toilets that are cemented to the floor are also harder to remove. Should this happen with a cemented toilet, you will definitely need a professional.
Nowadays, toilets are secured to the floor with silicone. As with cemented toilets, they usually only come loose due to poor installation. Unlike cemented toilets, however, they are easier to fix, and you can do it yourself if you have some DIY experience.
You can cut around the base of the toilet, allowing you to remove the toilet and reach the pan collar. You can then replace the leaking seal and caulk the toilet to the floor.
Worn Out Inlet Valve or Float Ball
When you flush, water pours from the cistern tank into the pan, and the inlet float ball lowers with the water level. This opens up the inlet valve, refilling the tank. If either of these aren’t working properly, it can cause the toilet to keep filling up.
If this happens, you will need to replace the inlet valve and float. ball. It is recommended that you hire a professional for this.
Drainage System Issues
A leak coming from between the toilet and the floor is a sign that there is a problem with the drainage system. It is recommended that you hire a professional plumber for this as the toilet will need to be removed and it will require a more complicated fix.
Generally, hiring a professional should be your first option for fixing your bathroom toilet. They will ensure that the job is done right, and you won’t have to risk losing more money due to an improper fix.
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