A leak is a common occurrence in U.S. households and a toilet leak might be the most common among the types. However, there are many reasons why the toilet can leak. If the toilet is leaking at the base, then you might have a serious problem on your hands. Your friends at Mr. Rooter Plumbing can help though. Our insured plumbers can come out to take care of the repair in a jiffy, but we also have some tips here on how you can troubleshoot and address the problem yourself. Continue reading or call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley to speak with a courteous representative today.
Maybe There Is No Problem
You might not need to call a plumber after all. In fact, you might not even have to worry about repairs altogether. If you live in a humid area, then you might just be dealing with condensation. To determine whether this is your problem, grab a towel and wipe down the base of your toilet. Once you’ve dried everything up, give the toilet a flush. If water starts to pool around the base, then it’s time to troubleshoot the problem. If water does not collect, then you should address the problem of humidity and moisture in your bathroom.
Check the Water Supply Hoses
Water comes into your toilet through the water supply hoses coming out of the walls. These hoses are vulnerable to cracking and loosening over time, and you should regularly inspect them. If you notice the hoses dripping, then first try to tighten the connections. If that does not help, then take a closer look at the hoses. They might be cracked or damaged. In this case, you will have to replace the hoses. We recommend you hire a plumber for this job.
Your toilet should be bolted tightly to the floor. Look at the base of your toilet. You should see two bolts, sometimes covered with caps. Under those bolts is a wax ring. These bolts secure the wax ring in place. If the wax ring does not form an air-tight seal, the toilet can leak foul gases and wastewater. Tighten these bolts but make sure not to overtighten them. Overtightening can cause your toilet base to crack or shatter.
Damaged or Worn Wax Ring
If none of the previous sections have helped, then the problem may be with the wax ring. A wobbling toilet as well as a rotten egg smell coming from the base of the toilet are strong signs of a damaged or worn wax ring. However, replacing and even checking the wax ring involves removing and re-installing the entire toilet. This is a time-consuming and sensitive process. To avoid bigger problems, we recommend you hire a qualified plumber for this job.
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley
If your toilet is leaking at the base and you do not want to mess anything up, then consider hiring a qualified plumber in Weirton. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley to speak with a live representative. We can schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an emergency dispatch.