Why Is My Toilet Leaking at the Base?
Valuable Information From Professional Plumbers
You’ve taken great pride to make sure your bathroom is clean as a whistle, and yet seemingly out of nowhere you have a small puddle of water sitting on ground after your first flush. That wasn’t there before, and it clearly didn’t come from the tank, so what happened? A leak from the base of your toilet is not all that uncommon, and has a few pretty simple causes, which we’ll go over here.
Loose Tee Bolts
Your tee bolts are what secures your toilet to the floor, preventing it from moving. If these bolts come loose or break in some way, then your entire toilet can pop loose and shift, breaking the seal at the bottom of your toilet and resulting in water leaking out. Remove the plastic caps that cover these bolts and check to see if any are loose or turn freely. If this is the case, you’ll need to replace these bolts in order to keep your toilet secured.
Damaged Wax Ring
At the base of your toilet’s drain exit is a wax ring which serves to seal the gap between your drain and the drain installed in the floor below. Replacing your wax ring is something you may be able to do yourself, but does require some muscle as toilets can be heavy. Simply loosen the toilet from the tee bolts that secure it to the floor and then lift it off. The old wax ring should be in place on the flange. After buying a replacement from your local hardware store, use a scraper to remove the old wax ring, taking care to remove any dried-on wax that may still be present. Then place the new ring over the flange and put the toilet back in place. The wax should press into place and form a tight seal.
Faulty Fill Valve
In some cases people mistakenly believe that the water on the floor is coming from the base of their toilet, when in reality it’s actually coming from the water valve which fills the bowl and toilet tank. This is most common with slow leaks or small drips, which don’t often make a loud sound to indicate the presence of a leak. Flush your toilet and check for the connection between your water line and your toilet itself—if you see this fixture dripping, then it’s time to replace your fill valve. It’s also a good idea to replace the gasket that seals the connection between your fill valve your water line, as this can corrode and break apart over time.
Have a leaking toilet? Let our Simi Valley plumbers from Dutton Plumbing solve the issue for you! Give us a call at (844) 811-5449 to request a service appointment.