Is My Toilet Leaking?

toiletOf all the issues that you may encounter in your home relating to your plumbing system, a busted toilet is just about as inconvenient as they come. If you suspect that your toilet is leaking, you should definitely get in touch with a professional plumber right away. Unless, of course, you can find a super obvious cause of the problem.

Confused yet?

That’s okay! We’re just highlighting our point that even “simple” plumbing problems, like a leaking toilet, are often more complex than you’d expect. That’s why, should you need a professional plumber, it is so important that you work with a trained professional that you can trust. And when it comes to plumbing in Alstead, NH—that’s us!

Where Is the “Leak”?

Why the quotations? Because it is actually totally possible that you’re not dealing with a leaky toilet at all. Instead, it may just look like a leaky toilet. How do we know that?

Because we’ve made service calls for “leaky” toilets that aren’t leaking, that’s how!

Before you decide to call a plumber, rule out issues like someone just being careless getting out of the shower. Dry the floor and see if the water returns. Also, consider humidity levels in your home. If the toilet tank and/or bowl is beading with moisture, it is totally possible that you are just looking at condensation that has dripped off of the commode.

Those are best case scenarios, of course. Let’s move on to the real thing.

Is the Toilet Running All the Time?

It is important to note that your toilet may be leaking even if you’re not seeing water all over the place. That’s because it may actually just be leaking from the tank into the bowl. You may have a loose bolt or you may have a misaligned or damaged flapper. Those problems can be solved pretty easily. If the tank itself is actually cracked and leaking, though, you’re looking at a replacement. There is no fix for that.

If you think the tank may be leaking into the toilet, you can put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the water in the bowl turns that color, you’ll know for sure!

Wax Seal Issues

Do you see water pooling out from beneath the toilet? If so, you may have a problem with the wax seal and the connection beneath the toilet. You cannot handle this on your own. Accessing that connection means pulling up the whole toilet, dealing with the issue, and then reinstalling the whole thing. That is absolutely a job for a trained, professional plumber.

Your toilet is not something you can comfortably go without for any real stretch of time. If you want to make sure that you are able to use your toilet reliably, take signs of trouble seriously from the start. If there is no obvious cause or solution, then your next step is to dial our number.

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