Reasons For A Leaking Toilet And How The Problems Are Repaired

A common cause of a water leak in the home is a malfunctioning commode. The toilet may not shut off after you flush and continue sending water into the bowl until you happen to catch the problem hours later. Other times the supply line or toilet itself leaks. Here are some common reasons for a leaky commode and how they are repaired.

Cracked Toilet Tank

If you hit the tank just right with the heavy lid, the tank might crack. A porcelain toilet tank is somewhat fragile and cracks easily when struck with something heavy. If the crack is very big, you might need to have a new tank put on the commode. However, if it is tiny, it can be repaired with epoxy. First, the water to the tank should be shut off and the tank dried out. Then, the epoxy can be applied with a caulk gun. Allow the epoxy to cure for at least a day and then fill the tank and check for leaking.

Leaky Supply Hose

Your toilet should have a supply hose and shut off valve in the back that connects the toilet to water. Sometimes this hose or valve can develop a leak. If the leak is in the hose above the valve, you can shut off the valve to stop the water. If the valve is dripping or spewing water, you'll have to shut off your main water valve and call a professional to repair the plumbing if you don't know how to do it yourself. Sometimes, old plumbing valves are frozen in place and you might not be able to turn it. It's a good idea to let a professional replace a valve in that condition so you can shut off the water to your toilet if there is ever a problem.

Leak Around The Base

If water is leaking out around the base of the toilet, it could be a bad seal. To fix this problem, the toilet must be removed from the floor so a new seal can be put on. This is usually a job for a professional because toilets are heavy and difficult to move around. Plus, the toilet has to be lined up perfectly to bolt it back on the floor. You should have this kind of leak repaired right away so it doesn't cause water damage to your floor.

Running Toilet

Fixing a running toilet is a fairly easy job if you have DIY skills. If you don't want to tackle the problem, you should call a professional to make the repairs as soon as possible. While a running toilet leaks into the bowl and doesn't cause water damage, it will run your water bill up due to the waste of water. The problem could be due to the float, fill valve, or flapper. These parts may need to be replaced to make a tight seal that stops the water leak.

Fortunately, toilet leaks don't happen all that often, but when they do, you want to have repairs done right away. It's best to shut off the water supply to the commode when it is malfunctioning and that can be very inconvenient for your family. Contact a plumbing company, like Henry's Service All , for more help

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