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Why Does My Toilet Leak Every Time I Flush?

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

A woman checking the tank of a toilet Water from leaking toilets commonly comes from the tank.

How To Find The Source Of The Leak On a Toilet

No one wants to deal with a leaking toilet. Most homeowners never give their toilets a second thought and just expect them to work as designed every time they flush. The problem is, that the parts inside a toilet can be faulty or wear out over time. When this happens, the source of the leak needs to be identified and stopped before some serious water damage occurs. If you have a bathroom leak in Lake Forest Park, WA, there are a few things you can do to try to fix it. Here are some tips on how to find the source of the leak.

Where Does It Come From?

Water from a leaking toilet commonly comes from several places:

  • Hose attachments
  • Underneath the toilet
  • From the tank
  • Dry wax ring
  • Improper installation
  • Loose bolts
  • Broken tank flange

Identifying where the water is coming from can narrow down the source of the leak. If water is leaking into the subfloor or causing more than a surface water nuisance, you will need the help of a professional remediation service.

Repair or Replace?

Many sources of leaking toilets can be repaired by draining the toilet and replacing the faulty piece or tightening a loose bolt or hose connection. In some cases, it is best to replace the entire toilet before serious water damage occurs. If your toilet has a chrome-plated copper supply tube, it is recommended to replace it with a flexible stainless steel hose. These hoses last much longer and are less likely to spring a leak. While a broken tank flange can be replaced, it is not an easy task and many homeowners prefer the help of a professional.
Identifying the source of the leaking toilet is only the first step. If the leak cannot be fixed or the toilet replaced before water damage occurs, you will need the help of a professional water remediation expert to restore your bathroom to its previous condition.

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