What to Do if Your Toilet is Leaking From the Base

toilet leaking at base

toilet leaking at the baseIf you have noticed water pooling around the base of your toilet, it's important to take action quickly to prevent further damage to your bathroom floor and potential health hazards. Here's a step-by-step guide on what to do if your toilet is leaking from the base:

Turn off the water supply

The first step is to turn off the water supply to your toilet. You can do this by turning the valve behind the toilet clockwise until it stops. This will prevent any more water from flowing into the tank and causing more damage.

Empty the tank

Flush the toilet a few times to empty the tank completely. This will make it easier to work on the base without getting water everywhere.

Remove the toilet

To get to the source of the leak, you will need to remove the toilet. Start by disconnecting the water supply line from the bottom of the tank. Then, remove the nuts and bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. You may need to use a wrench or pliers to loosen them.

Inspect the wax ring

The wax ring is a seal that sits between the toilet base and the flange on the floor. It can become damaged over time and cause leaks. Carefully inspect the wax ring for any cracks or signs of wear and tear. If it looks damaged, it will need to be replaced.

Replace the wax ring

To replace the wax ring, remove the old one and clean the area around the flange. Then, place the new wax ring on the flange and carefully lower the toilet back onto it. Make sure the toilet is level and tighten the nuts and bolts to secure it in place.

Reconnect the water supply

Once the toilet is back in place, reconnect the water supply line and turn the valve back on. Flush the toilet a few times to make sure everything is working properly and there are no more leaks.

If you're not comfortable doing this yourself, it's always best to call in a professional plumber to take care of the problem. At ServiceOne Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we offer expert toilet repair services to help you fix any leaks or other issues with your plumbing. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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