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What Causes Toilet Leaks?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

A leaky toilet can lead to devastating water damage in your home or business. The best way to combat this damage is to pinpoint issues and fix them as soon as possible.

Toilets can leak for a number of reasons:

• Faulty seals
• Loose closet bolts
• Leaking supply line or valve
• A cracked bowl

If your toilet has a faulty seal, you may be able to stop the leak by tightening the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor. If that does not solve the problem, it is time to replace the wax gasket beneath the toilet.


Replacing the Wax Gasket


Replacing the wax gasket can be easily performed in just a few steps:

1. Drain the toilet and close the supply valve.


2. Loosen and remove the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.

3. Lift the toilet off and then set it aside. Be careful not to damage the toilet.

4. Scrape all the wax off the flange on the floor.*

5. Carefully place the new gasket on the flange, making sure it is completely centered.

6. Replace the toilet and press down firmly to compact the gasket.

7. Reconnect the water line, fill the tank, and then inspect for leaks.

*If you notice any damage to the closet flange, repair or replace the flange before installing your new wax gasket.


A leaking toilet can cause significant water damage to your bathroom. If your small leak turns into a big problem, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help 24/7. However, with these few easy steps, you can fix this small problem before it becomes a big one.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

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