Fixing a Leaky Toilet

Ever had a leaky toilet? If you haven’t, you probably will eventually, depending on factors such as the age of your home and the type of toilet that you have.

Having to clean up the mess every time you flush your toilet is one thing. Paying a higher water bill is another. Just because your toilet is leaking, doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a plumbing professional. But we do highly recommend it…

If you want to attempt to fix the leaky toilet on your own, there are a few things that you need to find out. For example, what is actually causing the leak? Perhaps the wax ring is worn out. After flushing, if you see water leakage at the bottom of the toilet, it just might be the wax ring.

Unfortunately, the only way to find out is to remove your toilet. If you are somewhat knowledgeable about plumbing and decide to do this on your own, you should turn off your water line before inspecting your toilet.

After turning off the water line, flush your toilet a few times to make sure you eliminate as much water from the toilet as you can. Holding the button or flush handle down as you flush might even help to expel more water.

Now, (ensuring your water line is turned off first) disconnect the water line from the water supply to your toilet. Ensure that the screws to the bottom of the toilet are removed. Because toilet fixtures are heavy, you might want to have a friend help lift it aside. You should now be able to see the wax ring, which is a yellowish color.

Make sure to purchase the correct wax ring by searching your toilet fixture for a model number that could help you find the correct wax ring. Take the ring off and replace it with the new one. Replace your toilet fixture to the correct position on your floor. Ensure the fixture is properly fitted and replace the metal bolts that you originally removed. Ensure water is reconnected and that your water line is turned on again.

You can now flush to ensure the job was done correctly. Of course, we highly recommend that you call us for all your plumbing needs.

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