Why is My Toilet Leaking?

A leaking toilet is certainly no day at the beach – pardon the pun, which was at least somewhat intended.

But rather than stress over it, wouldn’t you simply like to know what might be causing it so you can take the appropriate action? Of course you would because, in this and almost every case, knowledge gives you the power to worry less and act more to achieve the desired end result in a timelier and less stressful way.

PlumberSo here’s a look at the most common causes of a leaking toilet:

  • If you find water pooling up around the base of your toilet, first try tightening the bolts that anchor it to the floor. If the leak persists, then it’s probably time to replace the wax gasket beneath your toilet. While you’re at either or both of these tasks, keep an eye out for any rusty parts. Because while they might not be causing the current problem, they could lead to future water leaks.
  • If the lid of your tank is sweaty, that indicates a leak inside the tank. The surest way to determine if your tank is leaking to place a spoonful of water in the tank and then wait about 30 minutes without flushing the toilet at any point in between. If, when you return, you find that the water in the bowl is tinted with the same color as the food dye, you definitely have a crack in your tank.
  • Are you sure the leak is coming from your toilet? It’s quite a common in a small bathroom for water to form around the base of a toilet caused by a leak in your tub or sink. To find out for sure, test all bathroom water valves for possible leaks. Also, pay attention the next time you use your tub or sink to see you can spot a water leak.

Finally – for now, that is, because there are other leaking toilet causes – the water you may be finding on the floor and near your toilet could be coming from a “sweaty” tank. That’s right: it’s called condensation, and it occurs when the water inside the tank is considerably colder than the air inside your bathroom, like in the summer or when you’re taking a hot shower with the door closed.

The moral of the story: if you have water on your bathroom floor and can’t figure out where it’s coming from, contact Eagle Service Company today. We’ll assess the problem, give you a guaranteed upfront price to fix it, and answer any and all questions you might have along the way.

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