Dealing with a leaking toilet is something that of a job that many people would prefer to leave to the experts in plumbing. Yes, it may indeed be true that the leak could be caused by a problem which requires the attention and skills of a professional plumber, but that just might not be the case. Before you go so far as to calling somebody in, take a moment or two to see if you can perhaps fix the leak by yourself.
Here are a couple of tips on how to start:
You may want to take note that there can be more than one reason for a leaking toilet. The problem might be nothing more than an old perished flapper that may need replacing. With a little leak detection, you may well discover that it’s the float arm, flush valve, or the ballcock inside the tank. On a number of occasions, when the leak is due to some component, it can be replaced and there is a possibility that you may just be able to do the work by yourself or you may wish to contact a reputable plumbing emergency service.
Colours and Cracks
A common cause of a leaking toilet is a tank which magically and somehow seems to refill itself, even when the toilet has not been flushed. An easy way to determine if the float arm or flush valve is not working properly is to drop a few drops of food colouring into the water tank. If after a short time there is some evidence of food colouring in the bowl, whichwill clearly signifythat the flush arm and ballcock are not working correctly, or that the flush valve at the bottom of the tank is not closing properly. Both of these problems can be repaired with the replacement of the faulty parts from hardware stores.
But, should water coloured with the food colouring puddle under the tank, your leaking toilet mishap might possibly be a hairline crack along the bottom of the tank. There are some sealants out there that may fix the problem in the short term, but the tank should really be replaced.
Leaving it to the Experts
If you happen to notice some leakage of water on the floor surrounding the bowl, there is probably a good chance that the sealant ring between the toilet bowl and the discharge pipe will definitely need replacing. This will necessitate closing off the water supply, a draining of the tank, and the moving of the bowl to replace the ring, and is something that many homeowners prefer to leave to experienced professionals
No Dilly Dallying
It’s best to keep in mind that there are some ways to sort out minor issues that can cause a leaking toilet. But, know your limits. Should the problem be way beyond the scope of your skills, or if you just don’t have the time, don’t waste money trying to fix it yourself.
Call in an experienced professional and make that annoying leak a thing of the past!