Three Causes of a Leaking Toilet
A leaking toilet is a nuisance, especially when the problem only occurs after flushing. Running toilets are usually easy to fix because the issue likely happens in the tank. Therefore, to fix a running toilet, you replace the flapper or flush valve. Unfortunately, a toilet that leaks only after flushing can have numerous causes and solutions. However, there are three most likely causes.
1. Wax Ring
A bathroom leak stemming from a flushing toilet may be caused by a dry wax ring or the improper installation of it. This ring sits between the floor and toilet drains, and when the toilet is snugged up to the floor, the ring is supposed to create an airtight seal. However, if the seal dries out or has been installed incorrectly, then the wax ring acts more like a channel or a lever, allowing water to escape after every flush.
The flange is the pipe fitting that is inserted into the waste pipe below the toilet. The wax ring sits on top of the flange. A cracked or broken flange can cause a leaking toilet. Essentially, the flange is below the wax ring, meaning a crack in the flange will eliminate the airtight seal between the toilet and the drain, causing water to escape.
3. Untightened Tank
The main idea is that the toilet rests on a wax ring that is meant to create a tight seal between the toilet drain and the waste pipe. If the seal is compromised in any way, you may experience a leak. Therefore, if the tank is not tightened completely to the floor, then a leak may occur, even if the wax ring and flange are OK and installed correctly.
Sometimes, the common causes are not, in fact, the cause of your toilet leak. When that occurs, you may want to call a plumbing specialist in your area to evaluate your toilet and plumbing system, ensuring that all is well.
A leaking toilet is often an easy fix stemming from three potential problem areas. However, when the problem is more significant than expected, you may want to call in the professionals.
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