The Most Common Causes Of Toilet Leaks
Got a leaky toilet in Sydney? Not sure what’s causing it? In this guide from Wilco Plumbing, we’ll take a look at a few of the most common causes of leaks. Read on, and get all the information you need.
How To Prevent Water Damage Until You Can Replace A Toilet That’s Leaking
If you’ve got a leaky toilet in Sydney, the first thing you should do is turn off the water supply for the toilet, which is usually located on the water supply line that goes into your wall. Shutting off the water will help prevent further damage – and also prevents wasting water.
Then, clean up any water on the floor. After this, you can start looking for the cause of a leak, and call a plumber to take care of the issue for you.
1. Cracks In The Toilet Structure
If you notice cracks in the cistern, bowl, or toilet base, this is likely the cause of your leak. Large cracks can easily leak a lot of water onto your floor.
Toilet repairs may be possible, but only for “hairline” cracks that are very small. Your plumber will use a liquid silicone sealant or putty to cover up the cracks and prevent future leaks.
However, these leaks may still come back in the future, so we usually recommend that you replace a toilet that has cracks of any kind, rather than making repairs.
2. A Leak At The Base Of The Toilet
If you notice large puddles of water on the bathroom floor after you flush the toilet – or at any time – this likely indicates a leak at the bottom of the toilet. This happens when the wax ring that connects your toilet to the floor begins to wear out. If it dries and cracks, water may start leaking out from the bottom of the toilet onto your bathroom floor.
Leaks caused by a failed wax ring can be quite large and could cause damage to the flooring and flooring underlayment, so make sure you call a plumber to get the help you need as soon as possible. They can usually remove the toilet, replace the ring, and reseat it properly to eliminate the leak.
3. Damaged Or Loose Fill Valve
The fill valve is a water valve that controls the water level in your toilet. It’s located on the bottom of your toilet tank, and is held in place with a washer and a nut. If it is loose or damaged, it can cause issues with your water level, resulting in leaks from either your toilet bowl, toilet tank, or both.
4. Damaged Seal Between The Toilet Bowl & Tank
If you have a two-piece toilet, the toilet base is screwed onto the toilet tank using a few bolts, and a flexible seal made of rubber prevents leaks between these two components. If this seal is damaged or loose, this can result in leaks.
If the seal is only loose, it’s often possible to tighten the bolts that hold the seal to see if the leak stops. If this is not enough to stop the leak, the seal itself may be damaged. The plumber may need to take your toilet apart and replace the seal to stop the leak.
Get Help For A Leaky Toilet In Sydney – Call Wilco Plumbing Now
Leaky toilets are more than an annoyance. Over time, a leak could cause water damage in your bathroom. So don’t let them go unrepaired. Call Wilco Plumbing at 02 9186 3371, or contact us online to get the toilet leak repair services from the most experienced Sydney Plumbers.