The toilet is something of a cornerstone in terms of your plumbing system. You may be able to get by with just a bathtub, as opposed to a tub/shower combo. You may not need a garbage disposal. You definitely need a toilet, though. Even those of us that enjoy toughing it out on camping trips in the desert will agree that you don’t want to come home to an outhouse situation! That is precisely why a leaking toilet in Corona, CA is of such concern.
If you notice that your toilet is leaking, you really should not be biding your time to have it fixed. There is a lot on the line here, including the cost of wasted water as well as potential damage to your property from that water. There is also the fact that you need your toilet to be fully functional, for what we think are obvious reasons. With that in mind, we’ve got a few tips for you regarding how to deal with this particular situation.
First of All, Are You Sure It’s a Leak
We get it, and trust us— we are not talking down to you. We know that you are a capable homeowner capable of spotting a toilet leak. However, we also know that such problems are quite alarming, and some homeowners are a bit too quick to pick up the phone in order to schedule professional plumbing services. Yes, you should act fast to have a leaking toilet repaired. However, you should take a moment to ensure that you are indeed dealing with a leak, to begin with.
It could just be an issue of high humidity in your home. When this happens, water can condensate on your toilet tank. That condensation can then drip off of the tank and give the appearance of a leak in your toilet. You really don’t want to be paying for a service call when simply wiping down the tank and perhaps running a dehumidifier for a bit can resolve the problem.
Okay, It’s Definitely a Leak—Now What?
Now is the time to figure out what type of leak you’re talking about. Did you notice the problem because you hear your toilet running constantly? If so, you may just need to replace or even simply realign the flapper at the bottom of the tank. Still think it’s leaking? Put some food dye in the tank and see if the water in the bowl changes color. Are the bolts connecting the tank to the bowl rusted out? Then they may need to be replaced, along with washers, to resolve the problem.
Unfortunately, if the tank itself is leaking water onto the floor around the toilet, then you are going to need a new toilet. Is the water coming from the base of the toilet? You’ll need a professional to remove the wax seal, take out the toilet, and fix the problem before reinstalling it. Anything more complicated than fixing that aforementioned flapper is really a job for a professional plumber.
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