20 Jun How Do I Stop My Leaking Toilet?
How Do I Stop My Leaking Toilet?
You might have noticed that your water bill continues to rise, despite your best efforts to conserve water. This is troubling if you already time your showers, use a water-efficient washer machine and have succulents in your front yard. Leaks are usually the culprits to exorbitant water bills. If you have a leaking toilet, there are some things you’ll need to do to nip this problem in the bud.
The Cost of a Leak
You’ve probably checked your pipes and had inspections done on your roof and elsewhere. If you don’t have pipe leaks and no other evidence of excessive moisture, there is a strong possibility that you have a leaking toilet. You might think that a leaking toilet isn’t a big deal, but you need to consider the costs. A small leak, which amounts to a drip per second, wastes about 7 gallons of water a day. That means, one toilet with a small leak wastes approximately 210 gallons per month. Multiply this by 12, and you have a big problem. A bigger problem still is a toilet with a more substantial leak, which is more common. These leaks can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. However big the leak, you need to get it fixed as quickly as possible.
First Things First
Fresh water is hard to come by in nature. You want to conserve as much as possible. If your leak is substantial, it’s a good idea to turn off the water supplying the toilet, and let everyone in the house know to use another one. Even a small drip can cause water damage in the bathroom, which can also lead to mold. Your leak can be something as minor as a stopper that doesn’t seal all the way to something more major. However, repairing a stopper can still require a great deal of skill and accuracy to make sure parts fit and it seals properly. Otherwise, you’ll just end up wasting more water.
Assessing the Issue
If the flange is the issue, you can have bigger problems than you thought. This will need complete removal of your toilet. A toilet leaking from this location can cause floor rot, which means you’ll most likely need to replace your subflooring, possibly drywall and do floor repairs as necessary. Once that’s settled, a new flange and wax ring will need to be installed. If your toilet rocks back and forth, you may want to consider alternative parts as a toilet that moves can distort your wax ring and provide additional leaks. Your flooring may not be level as well.
A leaking toilet doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach because you can have a number of different types of leaks. Give us a call and we’ll effectively assess and fix the problem.