You know that annoying, not to mention nasty, feeling finding a puddle of toilet water on the floor every time you’re off to the loo. If you’ve got a toilet leak, don’t ignore it! Water damage is your main cause for concern here and over time it will cause issues. You’re best to fix it at the source before it becomes a bigger problem for your bathroom – and it’s usually simple if you get onto it quickly.
Find the source of the leak
First up, you’ll be looking to find the source of the leak. Mop around the base of the toilet, and keep an eye on it over a 24-hour period if it’s minor.
If you notice water leaking from under the toilet bowl, it could be the pan connector has perished or been installed incorrectly. To fix this, your water supply will need to be turned off and toilet disconnected so that the pan connector can be replaced if it’s not sealing properly. Now this is a job for your plumber.
The toilet valve
If the water is coming out of the valve in the wall, it may need tightening or replacing.
Misaligned pipes/valves could mean the supply line needs repairing. This may sound daunting, and this one definitely needs the attention of a certified plumber! They’ll have a good idea of the problem and how long it will take.
A cracked toilet
If your toilet tank is cracked, it could be dribbling water. In this instance we adopt a replacement policy only as trying to fix it can often be more costly that a full replacement. Your plumber will need to access the damage and let you know your options.
If you’re having trouble finding the source of the leak, you can pop just a few drops of food colouring into the tank. Just don’t leave the food colouring in the toilet bowl too long after you’ve found your leak, as it may stain the bowl.
When you flush
When you flush your toilet and the water keeps running into the pan, you could need a new washer or a new flush valve depending on the age of your toilet.
There are loads of different reasons for a leaky toilet, but these tend to be the most common.
If you need a hand fixing your leaking toilet, call our friendly team at Grace Plumbing. Our local plumbers are fully certified to get the job done right. We offer free quotes and great rates, servicing Auckland for over 20 years.
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