How to fix a leaking toilet

Nothing may put you off more than coming back home and realising that your bathroom is a wet mess because of a leaking toilet. Toilet leaks cause many issues such as damp surroundings that can become a breeding ground for mold. Another major issue of a leaking toilet is the wastage of water. Water continuously leaking from your toilet is neither good for the environment nor for your pocket as it increases your water bills.  If you find a leaking toilet in your home, don’t panic. The first idea that may pop into your head is to remodel your bathroom but it is important to assess what caused the leak, quickly stop it and how you can maintain a dry bathroom.

If a toilet flush leaking isn’t your only concern and have a leaking tap, we have a guide that takes you through fixing a leaky tap.

Common causes of a toilet leak

There are many reasons your toilet may be leaking. Pinpointing the cause of the leak will help you in saving a lot of time and money in the future. Common causes for leaks in your toilet are:

  1. Condensation: Many times, you may have mistaken condensation on the toilet bowl for leakage. Consider the climate you are living in and its effect on your bathroom. Not only the weather but also if you have hot water baths, condensation that is caused after it may be a reason why you come back to a wet bathroom. While this isn’t a cause for concern, ensure that you have scratched this reason off your list.

  2. Cracks on the bowl or tanks: Once you have invested in a toilet, you expect it to last a lifetime. While these bathroom solutions are built to last, in an unfortunate situation the bowl or tank may crack causing water to leak from the toilet and giving you a tough time.

  3. Rusted piping: Pipes leading to your bathroom toilet may have rusted. Rust causes cracks in pipes that result in leakages. A leaking toilet in your home maybe due to a rusted pipe

  4. Loose or worn out seal: If water is logged near the base of your toilet, it may be due to a worn out seal at the base of the bowl.

With technology, toilet flushes have evolved and you now get sensor toilet flushes that have many advantages over the old, outdated versions

Now that you are in a better position to understand what is causing your toilet leak, it is time to list down a few tools that you may need to fix it.

  • Wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • Bathroom cleaner

  • Cleaning cloths

  • Drill or driver

  • Gloves

  • Caulk

  • Hacksaw

In addition to the above mentioned tools, it is always advantageous to have a few bathroom cleaning equipment handy.

Steps to fix a leaking toilet

If your toilet is leaking from below the base, your best bet to stop it is by tightening the bolts and securing the toilet closely to the base. You can use your screwdriver to unscrew the caps that are covering the bolts and then use a wrench to tighten them. Be careful not to use too much pressure as you may crack the base of the leaking toilet. If tightening the bolts doesn’t help, you may have to remove the toilet and replace the wax gasket.

Step 1: If you have decided to remove the leaky toilet, the first thing to ensure is that you have switched off the water valve.

Step 2: Remove the lid of the tank and flush the tank entirely. The goal is to make the tank entirely dry. To achieve that, you will want to use a sponge to clean up all the remaining water.

Step 3: Disconnect the tube that provides the water supply to the tank by loosening the compression nut.

Step 4: Carefully remove the rounded caps that cover the bowl’s basse. Use a wrench to remove the bolts and nuts that tie the entire toilet to the ground.

Step 5: Now that the toilet is unhinged, carefully remove it and place it on a blanket or towel

Step 6: Look to scrape the entire old wax gasket from the closet flange

Step 7: Try to add a strap under the flange after screws have been loosened. Remember to fasten the flange back to the floor when done.

Step 8: Replace the old wax gaskets with new ones and ensure that they are fastened tightly to the floor with the closet flange.


Step 9: Connect the water supply tube to the valve shank at the bottom of the tank and tighten the closet bolts.

Step 10: Finally, connect the supply tube to the shut off valve. Fill up the valve, flush the toilet and check for leaks.

A toilet flush leaking is a problem that many would never want to face. But with the repair tips provided by Jaquar, you are in a better position to handle this situation if it arises. Your bathroom is your sanctuary and you must design it in such a way that it makes you comfortable. Jaquar has tips for bathroom aromatherapy and bathroom plants that will enrich your bathroom experience.

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