If you have noticed water damage near the base of your toilet, chances are your toilet’s wax ring has failed. Although toilet leaks have several common causes, only a bad wax ring will require the removal and resetting of the toilet. When this problem occurs you could call a plumber or you could arm yourself with a little know-how and fix the leaking toilet yourself. To complete the job you will need towels, a flathead screwdriver, a crescent wrench, gloves, a putty knife, and a hacksaw.
Why is My Toilet Leaking at the Base?
Is water pooling on the bathroom floor around the toilet? Don’t ignore this problem! If the toilet is leaking from the base, this water has come from the toilet bowl and is not sanitary. The dirty water may even have a sewer smell to it. If left untreated, your toilet will continue to leak a little with each flush, resulting in water damage to the flooring, subfloor, and possibly the ceiling of the room below.
A toilet leaking at the base usually indicates a problem with the wax ring that forms a seal between the toilet base and the drainpipe under the toilet. There are a few simple steps you can take to try to stop the leak.
Here’s a look at why your toilet is leaking at the base and how to fix it.
If the toilet continues to leak at the base when flushed, it might not be bolted tightly to the floor. Look at the base of the toilet, and you’ll see two tee bolts, which might be covered with caps. If the wax ring under these bolts doesn’t form a water-tight seal, the toilet will leak from the base when you flush it.
To fix this problem, simply tighten the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. You may need a putty knife or flathead screwdriver to pry off the caps first. Tighten the bolts a little at a time, alternating from the left bolt to the right one. Be careful not to over-tighten, or the toilet base could crack. If the bolts just spin when you attempt to tighten them, you might need new ones.
This type of leak usually occurs when you flush the toilet. To make sure the “leak” isn’t merely condensation on the toilet bowl, soak up the water with paper towels and flush the toilet again.
A pool may also form on the bathroom floor if you have a loose water supply line or faulty shut-off valve. Examine the hoses behind the toilet to rule out this possibility.
Test the repair by flushing the toilet. If water still pools around the base, this means a failing wax ring is causing the leak. Fortunately, wax rings are inexpensive and relatively straightforward to replace, though you’ll need to remove the toilet to get the job done. This job can take a few hours to complete and may require two people. If you don’t feel up to it, contact a plumber for help. Otherwise,
Contact Waterworld Technology for help fixing a Toilet Leaking from the Base
Waterworld Technology (WWT) is here to help! We’ll carefully diagnose the problem and restore your toilet to its leak-free state. Call us at +233240335653 To schedule services from one of our courteous plumbers online