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How to Check Toilets for Leaks

How to Check Toilets for Leaks

Your toilet keeps your home or business clean, so it is only reasonable that you stay on top of its maintenance. One of the most common problems with toilets is leakage. These can be bothersome and even cost you in water bills. There are an unfortunate number of places that your toilet can leak but Mr. Rooter Plumbing is here to help you detect and resolve some common leaks. If you are worried about a toilet leak, then read through this article. You can also call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to have a certified plumber quickly take care of that leak.

Finding the Leak

We have four easy steps that should help you locate the leak:

  •  Remove the lid of the toilet tank and carefully place it on the floor nearby.
  • -    Check the water level in the tank. There is usually a line that shows the optimal water level and will likely be labeled as “water line” or something similar.
  • -    Grab a bottle of food coloring and place about 20 drops into the water in the toilet tank. The color of the water in the tank should visibly change. Next, wait about 30 minutes.
  • -    Return to check the color of the water in the toilet bowl after about 30 minutes. If the food coloring has made its way into the toilet bowl, then you might have a flapper leak or a crack in the overflow tube.

Some Quick Troubleshooting

Minor toilet leaks can be resolved on your own. Try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Check the Flapper: Your flapper should create a proper seal to prevent water from flowing into the toilet bowl. A small, steady stream of water flowing into the toilet bowl is a strong sign of a faulty flapper.
  • Tighten the Bolts: If the leak is coming from the base of the toilet, then try tightening the bolts. This might restore the seal.
  • Replace the Wax Ring: If tightening the tee bolts does not resolve the leak at your toilet’s base, then you might have to replace the wax ring. This procedure can be tricky. You may want to call a professional to take care of it.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If you prefer to have an expert take care of that toilet leak, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to speak with a live representative. We can give you a flat rate price upfront with a promise to never charge overtime. All of our workmanship and parts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are guaranteed. So, if you have any problem due to our work, you can just call Mr. Rooter Plumbing and a friendly representative will work to make it right. We use the latest and top-quality tools and technology, so you do not have to worry.

We Are Available 24/7

If your leaking toilet is keeping you up at night, you can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We are available at every hour of the day. We can have a local plumber dispatched to your location within the hour!