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Dealing with Toilet Leaks

toiletFor many homeowners, the very mention of the word “plumbing” will automatically conjure up an image of the toilet in their homes. To say that the toilet is a very important part of any plumbing system is a pretty obvious statement to make. However, let us reiterate: the toilet is a very important part of any plumbing system. Why are we beating this nail on the head today? Because we want to remind homeowners that, considering how important their toilets are, they should never ignore any problems with them!

One of the most common problems that homeowners encounter with their toilets, like any other plumbing fixture or appliance, is a leak. However, there are many different types of leaks that may develop with one’s toilet. Some of them are pretty benign, some can be fixed by a homeowner comfortable with relatively simple adjustments, and some demand professional services. Keep this information in mind, and remember to leave your bathroom plumbing services in Venice, CA to us.

Is Your Tank Leaking?

There are a couple of different types of tank leaks. One occurs when the water in the tank leaks into the toilet bowl. If you are hearing phantom flushes or notice that your toilet is always running, then this is likely the case. You can determine if it is or not by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the water in the bowl turns that color in about an hour’s time, then the tank is leaking into it.

Often times this is a simple fix, requiring just that a flapper be replaced. If you notice an actual crack in your toilet tank, though, with water dripping out onto the floor of the bathroom, a replacement will be necessary. You cannot repiar a toilet with a crack in the porcelain like this.

Is a Supply Line Leaking?

Before you decide that it is actually your tank that is leaking, be sure to check the supply line, as well. You may need to tighten a connection if the line is leaking at the point where it feeds into the tank, and this is not really a job that a professional plumber needs to handle. You should also check the line itself. It may have rusted through, or a flexible line may have been torn somehow.

Is the Toilet Leaking at the Base?

If this is the case, then you really should skip the tool bag altogether and just pick up the phone instead. It is very likely that the wax seal is broken, and the toilet is going to have to be pulled in order to resolve the problem. Any issues with this seal or the connection beneath the toilet demand the attention of professionals plumbers. You don’t want to risk damage to your toilet or to your property by attempting to remove it, replace the wax seal, and re-installing it on your own.

Schedule your plumbing services with The Sunny Plumber Corona. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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