Thanksgiving disasters come in all forms, including burnt pies, half-baked turkeys, and even leaky toilets. If your toilet currently has a small leak, and you expect a huge party of guests this holiday, repair the leak now to avoid issues later. Here's more information about your leaky toilet and what you can do to find and repair it before Thanksgiving Day comes and your guests arrive.
Where Is the Leak Coming From?
If you don't know exactly where the leak in your toilet comes from, you'll need to do some detective work to find it. One possible place for the leak is near the base of the toilet. The base sits over the entrance of a complex piping system that includes a closet flange, or ring, and a soil pipe. There's also a closet bend pipe situated beneath the floorboards. The closet bend pipe connects to the sewer line on your property.
All three fixtures have the potential to loosen up, break down, degrade, or crack from old age, overuse, and stress. You want to troubleshoot the fixtures to find the source of your toilet's leak. First, examine the area around the toilet's base. Does water seep from the base? If so, you've found the possible source of your toilet's leak. If you don't find water around the base, contact a local plumber for further assistance. Otherwise, continue to the next step in your repairs.
How Do You Solve Your Leak Problem?
You'll need to remove the toilet from its place to verify that the closet flange is the cause of the leak. To do so, turn off your home's water supply and place large towels around the toilet to catch waste and water. Remove the bolts from around the base of the toilet with pliers or another type of appropriate tools. You may need to refer to your toilet's owner's guide during this step.
Next, gently slide the toilet over until the opening of the flange is clearly visible. There should be a thin waxy ring placed around the opening of the flange. Sometimes, the ring breaks or cracks and allows water to leak out of the base. You want to make sure that the ring is okay before you check the closet flange. If the ring is damaged, replace it. But if the ring is okay, inspect the outside of the flange for cracks, missing pieces, and rust.
If you find the issues previously mentioned, purchase a replacement ring and install it. It may take some hard work to remove and replace the flange, so keep this in mind before you begin the project. You can always call a plumbing specialist for help if you need to do so.
Now, if the closet flange doesn't appear damaged when you inspect it, you'll need to check the soil pipe to see whether it has moved out of place. The soil pipe is a small piece that can clog up with solid waste over time if it's not positioned properly, and this leads to stagnant water that leaks from the toilet's base. If the pipe is out of place, you might have a clear view of the basement or the ground, depending on the makeup of your house.
If the pipe sticks out of the flooring, place both hands around the top of the pipe and then gently position the pipe so that it appears upright and straight. However, if the pipe isn't clearly accessible by hand, schedule an appointment with a plumbing contractor. Forcing the pipe into place with tools might break it.
For more tips to eliminate your toilet's leak or to request an inspection of your toilet, contact a plumbing service right away.