If you have been noticing water around the base of your toilet, there is most likely a leak. To prevent your bathroom from becoming an overwhelming mess, try these tips to fix the leak before it becomes an indoor swimming pool.
Why is my toilet leaking?
- The bolts on the toilet might be loose. The base of a toilet is held to the floor with two bolts threaded up from the mounting ring through holes in the base of the toilet. If these bolts are loose, the toilet can rock, breaking the seal formed by the wax ring. When these bolts are loose or broken, the toilet’s seal can break, causing leaks to occur.
- The wax ring is damaged. This is sometimes caused by a toilet that is loose, or it can be the result of a wax ring that has grown old. Once the ring is damaged, it loses its seal.
How can I fix it?
If you have deciphered the root of the issue is from a damaged wax ring, it will need replaced. This should be done carefully, since it can involve removing the entire toilet in order to replace the wax ring that seals the bottom of the toilet against the drain opening.
Disconnect the toilet
- Shut off your water through the water valve behind the toilet. It is helpful to flush the toilet to remove as much of the sitting water as you can. To dispose of any remaining water, unscrew the nut holding the fill valve in place and catch the excess water with a small bucket. Lastly, remove any leftover water from the base of the toilet by plunging it for a few seconds.
Remove the toilet
- Unscrew the water supply line from the toilet and remove the tee bolts from the floor. Lift the toilet seat up and place aside. Remove any dried-on wax from the damaged ring.
Attach the new wax ring
- Place the ring over the flange with the tee bolts secured in place. You can reposition your toilet back in its usual placement once the ring is is in place.
Attach the toilet lid
- Push the toilet into the wax ring to create a seal. Then, tighten the bolts into place once the toilet is centered. Reconnect the water line and turn the valve back on.
Is there an easier way to fix this?
Any leak should be quickly treated to avoid any mold or damage to occur. If you are uncomfortable or would prefer a professional to take a look, Proudfoot Plumbing Heating and Air is always available to give a hand.