It happens all the time; that toilet leaks and causes unsightly flooding of the bathroom. This can cause damage to the floor and other possessions in the bathroom, as well as the basement if the home has one. When you have a leaky toilet, it just may be time to call a professional plumber in Sonora CA.
Leaking Between the Tank and Bowel
If you think this is the problem, you can perform a simple test. Add food dye to the tank. If you see the colored water, this means that the tank may need to be replaced due to a crack. If no crack is found, then the cause may be the tank-to-bowl bolts. Another place the water could come from is the gasket. Depending on the location of the leak, you may only need to purchase a new gasket.
Leaking at the Shut-Off Valve
Ensure that the water is not coming from the water shut-off valve. If this seems to be the case, you will need to purchase a new valve and replace the old one. Prior to purchasing, make sure that the valve is not just loose.
Inspect the Float and Inlet Valve
Take a look inside the tank. If the water level rises above the overflow tube, the problem may be with the float or the inlet valve on the ballcock. Remember that the float rises with the level of the water and tells the inlet valve when to shut off the flow. If this mechanism doesn’t work properly, the water keeps rising until it spills through the overflow tube and into the bowl (Image 1). To check the inlet valve, flush the toilet and, as the water rises, gently lift the rod that holds the float (Image 2) until you hear the water stop. If the water stops, the inlet valve is OK, and the problem is caused by the float.
Adjust the Float
A screw at the top of the ballcock allows you to adjust the level of the float. With this adjustment, you should be able to reduce the level to which the water rises in the tank. If the adjustment fails to stop water from running into the overflow tube, the problem may be with the float itself. For instance, if the float has a hole in it and lies too low in the water, it never rises enough to trip the inlet valve. Check to see whether the float needs replacing. A new rod and float are easy to replace and cost only a few dollars.
Turn Off the Water
If you test the inlet valve as described above and the water doesn’t stop, the problem is with the ballcock itself. Though it’s possible to repair a broken ballcock, it’s usually best to replace the whole assembly:
After turning off the water at the shutoff valve, flush the toilet and hold down the handle to remove most of the water from the tank. Remove the excess water at the bottom of the tank with a sponge.
Leaking Under the Toilet
The most common cause for a toilet leak is the wax ring below the toilet needing to be replaced. Although tedious, this task is not difficult. The wax rings are not very expensive either. In order to replace the wax ring, you will need to shut off the water to the toilet and empty the toilet completely. Loosen the bolts that hold the toilet in place, and remove the bowl. The old wax ring will need to be removed and the new one put in place. Once the new wax ring is in place, you will place the toilet back in its original position. Bolt the toilet down tightly, and turn the water to the toilet back on.
Do you notice a small pool of water where your toilet meets the floor? Does the floor around the toilet feel spongy? Is the finished flooring coming up? If so, you probably have a bad seal between the toilet horn (where the waste exits) and the drain line. Don’t procrastinate any longer. Small leaks trapped beneath the toilet will eventually rot floor surfaces, and even the underlying framing. Wait too long and repair costs rise, especially when you figure in replacing finished flooring and sometimes underlayments, subfloors or even the framing.
In this article, we’ll show you some tips for pulling the toilet and then how to diagnose and fix the common causes of leaks. Finally, we’ll show you how to reset the toilet. After pulling the toilet and examining the evidence, you may get lucky and just have to replace the wax ring and remount the toilet. If that’s the case, you’ll have the stool back on-line in under an hour. You’ll find the products we suggest for making repairs at any home center or well-stocked hardware store.
Before You Pull the Toilet, Pick Up:
A new wax ring
Two sets of 5/16-in. diameter water closet bolts
A tube of silicone-based caulk, in a color to match the toilet
A package of plastic toilet shims if your toilet was rocking
Pulling a toilet is usually simple, but two problems frequently crop up. First, old water supply valves may not shut off entirely, and second, getting old, corroded water closet nuts loose can be a struggle.
Before pulling the stool, you’ll have to shut off the water supply valve and remove the water line leading to the tank . After turning off the valve and flushing the toilet, look in the tank and listen for trickling water. If the water is still running, you’ll have to shut off the main water valve in the house and replace the valve with a new one. Sponge out the excess water from the tank and stool.
Then it’s time to loosen the water closet nuts. If the water closet nuts and bolts are corroded or the bolt spins along with the nuts, it’s easiest to just cut them off with a hacksaw.
If you are unsure that you can perform this toilet plumbing task , call your local plumber in California. He or she will be able to install the new wax ring or new toilet in a short amount of time for a small fee.
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