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Plumbing Problems: Toilet Leaks

toiletThere is no denying that the bathroom is one of the most important areas in any home. Kids can share a single bedroom, you can forgo the dining room for a smaller eating nook, but you absolutely need to have a bathroom in your home. Considering just how important the bathroom is in your day to day life, it should be obvious that any problems with your bathroom plumbing system are cause for concern. Among the most concerning of these problems is a leaking toilet.

The good news is that a toilet leak may not necessarily be as bad as you think it is. The bad news is that it can be as bad as you think it is. We have some tips to help you deal with a leaking toilet, including some common misconceptions and advice about when to call a plumber. When you need bathroom plumbing services in Williamsburg, VA, remember to call on us.

Are You Positive That It’s Really Leaking?

We don’t like to second-guess homeowners when they come to us in need of our outstanding plumbing services. We thrive on such opportunities to assist those in our community. We also don’t want you scheduling service calls that you really don’t need, however, which is why we have one piece of advice regarding toilet leaks: rule out obvious alternatives. Make sure that someone wasn’t just a bit careless getting out of the shower in the morning, and that what you are seeing is not just condensation dripping off of the toilet tank.

Where Is the Leak?

Now that’s out of the way, a good next step is to try and figure out where the leak may be. Do you hear the toilet running continuously? Drop a dye tab or a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the water in the bowl turns that color after a brief while, then the tank is leaking into the toilet. The fix may be as simple as realigning the flapper at the bottom of the tank or replacing it with a new one.

Is the leak coming from the bowl itself or an actual crack in the tank? This is unfortunate, as there is no real repair option in such cases. Cracks in the porcelain itself mean that the time has come to replace the toilet entirely.

Do you see water pooling out from the base of the toilet? Then there are a few concerns to address. Firstly, the wax ring sealing the base of the toilet to the floor probably needs to be replaced. Even so, there is an issue with water leaking as well. There should not just be water sealed in by this ring. That should all be confined to the pipes connecting the toilet to the drainage system. We’ll have to remove the toilet, fix whatever damage is causing the leak, replace the wax ring, and then get the toilet back into place.

Schedule your plumbing services with House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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