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When Flushing Your Toilet Leaves Water on the Floor

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Hand use flush cleaning toilet No one wants to flush the toilet, only to find water leaking out onto the floor around it.

Here's What To Look For

No one wants to flush the toilet, only to find water leaking out onto the floor around it. In most cases, however, a leaking toilet isn't caused for alarm and is usually an easy fix. All you need to do is figure out what's causing it and take steps to remedy the problem. 

Take a Look at the Wax Seal
At the base of the toilet is a wax gasket that creates a seal between the toilet and the floor. Normally, when the seal is tight, the water flows straight down into the pipe when you flush. However, if the wax dries out and becomes brittle, it can develop cracks or pull away from one or both surfaces, allowing water to escape out from under the toilet base. If that's the case, it's as simple as replacing the old gasket with a new one.

Make Sure the Tank is Tight
If the toilet tank isn't on there tight, water can escape from the juncture where the tank meets the bowl of the leaking toilet. Try wiggling it — the tank shouldn't move. If it does, it needs to be tightened. Turn off the water supply and empty the tank as much as possible. Then, tighten the bolts inside to secure the tank firmly to the bowl.

Check the Tank Flange
The flange is the mechanism inside the tank that allows the water to fill and empty into the toilet. If the arm piece is broken, you can use a repair strap to fix it, or, in the worst-case scenario, replace the mechanism altogether.
It should go without saying, but don't do anything to address your bathroom leak without shutting off the water supply first. If the steps outlined above aren't causing your leaking toilet, it's a good idea to call in professionals to fix the problem. Contact a plumber or a water damage specialist in Englewood, CO, to determine the cause, make the repairs necessary and help you prevent any further issues.

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