Is there a puddle on the floor around the base of your toilet? If yes, that’s not great. This means you have a leaking toilet base. Instead of allowing your bathroom to be an indoor swimming pool, start repairing that leak! You can always contact your local plumbing company, North Arundel Contracting. We specialize in water damage services and water damage restoration.
Loose Tee Bolts
There are plastic caps around your toilet’s base, and they cover tee bolts that help secure your toilet firmly in place. When these tee bolts are loose or broken, the toilet’s seal can break, triggering leaks to occur. So, make sure to reposition your toilet so it’s leveled and centered, and begin to tighten the bolts. If the tee bolts continue to spin freely or are broken, head to your hardware store for a replacement set to fix your leaking toilet base.
The Toilet Has a Damaged Wax Ring
Now you’ve inspected your tee bolts’ condition and tried to tighten them. However, you still have a leaking toilet base. The wax ring is most likely the culprit, so you must replace it. For this, do the following:
- Purchase a new wax ring for your toilet. If you can, take an image of the toilet’s base and ask a worker at the store to help you find a replacement.
- Prep your toilet by turning off the water via the water valve found behind the toilet. To eliminate any remaining water, unscrew the nut holding the fill valve and use a small bucket to catch the excess water.
- Remove your toilet and old wax ring by unscrewing the water supply line and removing the tee bolts from the floor. Also, set the toilet gently down on its side and start to remove the old wax ring. Make sure to eliminate any dried-on wax before installing the new wax ring.
- After putting the new wax ring, reposition your toilet back in its usual spot.
- Ensure the toilet is in the correct position, and use your body weight to push it into the wax ring to develop the new seal. In addition, screw the tee bolts considering the toilet must be centered properly.
- Reconnect your water line, turn on the valve, and flush your toilet. Closely check your toilet to view any water leaks from the new seal.
Call a Pro
As part of your plumbing maintenance, you should address any leak immediately, including a leaking toilet base. Unfortunately, a toilet leak can provoke mold to grow and increase your water bills. Contact North Arundel Contracting when you need a plumber to repair your toilet.
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