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How to repair a leaking toilet base

A leaking toilet is a common problem encountered in an old house. It can make the bathroom look awkward and create an unsanitary feeling throughout the environment. It can also stain the flooring of your bathroom by leaving stains on the floor tiles. Fixing the leak in the toilet is easy if you understand the correlation. Water leaking from the bottom of the toilet can have many causes. Therefore, it is important to know why it occurs in order to fix the leaking toilet.

Identify the problem

Take a rag or towel and wipe the floor thoroughly so that it is dry. Now check the connection points from the tank to the underside.

Replace the connecting bolts of the tank and the toilet.

There are two bolts that connect the tank to the toilet. These bolts can be seen from the inside of the tank. If you find that the bolts are loose, tighten them from the outside of the tank with a flathead screwdriver. Be careful not to over tighten them as this can cause cracks in the tank. This should fix the problem.

Replace washers

If tightening the bolts didn’t help, the washers may be worn out and need to be replaced. To do this, you will first need to turn off the water source. Remove the two bolts that connect the tank to the toilet. Wipe the area clean and insert new washers into the bolts. Tighten them firmly with the screwdriver.

Wax ring at the bottom

If the leaking toilet is still not fixed, check to see if the bottom of the toilet leaks after each flush. This may be due to a defective wax ring. Turn off the water supply and drain the tank once by flushing it to prevent water from spraying out when you remove the toilet floor. Wipe the floor and remove the screws that connect the toilet base to the floor using a screwdriver and a wrench.

Remove the old ring with a putty knife and scrape this area clean. Invert the toilet bowl over the old paper and attach the new seal over the horn of the bowl. Then reattach the toilet base by tightening the screws.

Replace the toilet

If the toilet is still leaking after all these steps, the toilet base has most likely cracked. Even a small crack in the porcelain can lead to continuous leaking. Replacing the toilet is the best solution, which is still cheaper than hiring a plumber to fix it.

Call the Emergency Plumbing in Newcastle. We are 24 hours available. After your call, we send in a short time the right technician to fix the problem. Contact us now, 02843798533.

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