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What Causes Toilet Leaks?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

< img src = ”toilet.jpg” alt = “cracked toilet tank” > Poor quality materials or construction can result in cracked porcelain. This can go undetected until significant damage result.

Toilets can leak for a number of reasons:
• Faulty seals
• Loose closet bolts
• Leaking supply line or valve
• A cracked bowl

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.

Replacing the Supply Line

1. Turn off the water supply to the toilet

2. Flush the toilet to remove as much water as possible from the tank. Then either place a container under the tank to catch the residual water, or soak it up in a towel, being careful to avoid damage to the components inside the tank.

3. Disconnect the supply line and replace it.

4. Turn the water on, and check to drips or leaks.

Poor Quality Materials 

Porcelain fixtures are fragile and can be easily damaged. In some cases there are defects in the material that cause failures which can go undetected until there is significant damage as a result. 

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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