It’s safe to say that one of the most important plumbing appliances in your home is your toilet. So when you notice a problem, you understand the importance of getting the issue resolve quickly. If you’ve noticed your toiler acting up, don’t put off calling a professional for their advice. Some of the most inconvenient toilet problems homeowners deal with begin small and then suddenly spin out of control—leaving them with a large (and costly!) problem on their hands. Don’t let a small crack or chip that allows a few drops to escape out can turn into a mess.
At AC by J, we never want you to feel inconvenienced in your own home—particularly with a plumbing problem that can be resolved quickly—or avoided altogether! We’ve compiled a list of troubleshooting tips that highlight the most common causes of leaky toilets so you can figure out what you’re dealing with before it turns into an expensive plumbing repair.
Toilet Problem #1: Emptying & Refilling of Tank
The most common reason for a leaky toilet happens in the bottom of the tank and is almost always associated with the discharging and refilling of the tank after a flush. The cause? This is often a result of a worn out spud washer, which is the large rubber washer that is frequently referred to as a tank-to-bowl gasket that plugs the opening at the bottom of the toilet tank. It might be rotted rubber washers at the bolts on the underside of the tank. Any of these washers can fail over time as a result of continued exposure to hard water or minerals.
Toilet Problem #2: Failed Ball Cock
The second cause of a leaky toilet has to do with the mechanism controlling the water flowing into the tank. After each flush, the fill valve engages to fill the tank with fresh water. This water supply valve, known as a ballcock, is controlled by a float that signals the fill valve to close when it reaches a pre-set level. In older toilets, the float is a hollow metal/plastic ball. Newer floats look like small plastic cups but both move up and down with the shaft.
“Ghost flushes” in the middle of the night are usually caused by a slower leak around the flush valve. When the rubber or plastic material fails, water seeps from the tank into the bowl, the water level sinks in the tank, and the ballcock causes the toilet to refill.
Toilet Problem #2: Failed Wax Ring
If a toilet leak seems to be seeping out from the bottom of the toilet itself, you might be looking at a failed wax ring affecting the seal. This is a much larger issue than replacing washers and inspecting water lines. This involves total removal of the toilet to replace foundation items.
Another symptom of a failed wax ring is a sewer smell when bathing or showering. The smell occurs because the water flowing down the drain displaces air in the drainpipe that usually vents through the main plumbing vent pipe. But, because it now has a vent of less resistance closer, it escapes through the gap under the toilet.
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