We use our toilets every day, but more often than not, we don’t think twice about them until they’re broken. Leaking toilets can be noisy, spill water onto your floor, and – if your bathroom is on an upper floor – damage walls, ceilings, and belongings below.
Toilets can last many years if maintained properly. If, however, your toilet is broken, you’ll need to know what to do if your toilet is leaking.
Toilet Maintenance and Repair
Common Toilet Problems
Toilets are relatively simple devices, which means that it’s usually fairly easy to find and fix problems. Most homeowners can fix problems which may arise. Some of the most common problems with toilets are:
- Clogged Toilets: If your flush is slow or sluggish, your toilet may be clogged. Clogs can occur anywhere along the line. You can determine if you have a clogged toilet by filling a 5-gallon bucket with water and dumping it into the bowl as you flush. If the water drains normally, then the problem may be pressure related. If the water backs up, then a clog is the issue.
- Cracked Toilet Bowl: After you flush, the water in your toilet should return to its resting level and stay there. If you notice that the water level has dropped later, then your bowl may be cracked and leaking water.
- Toilets Which Don’t Flush: If you depress the flusher and nothing happens, then one of a few things may be wrong. The chain in the toilet may have slipped off or broken. The interior plumbing may be faulty. It’s also possible that the flapper is stuck open and the tank cannot fill fully, making it difficult – if not impossible – to flush.
- Toilets with Weak Flushers: Over time, hard water deposits form in the bowl rim holes, especially in older toilets. When these holes become partially or fully clogged, then you may notice that your toilet starts flushing weakly. You can mix a muriatic acid solution to resolve this problem.
- Toilets with Partial Flushes: If your toilet starts flushing normally but stops midway, then your flapper valve may not be dropping at the correct time and you will need to install a new flapper.
- Toilet Runs Constantly: This problem can be both expensive and noisy. Your toilet acts as though it has just flushed, and constantly tries to fill the bowl. Your tank is most likely leaking. In these cases, a simple dye test can determine if your tank is leaking.
- Toilet Requires Two Flushes: This problem is very easy to fix. The water level in your tank is probably set too high, so lowering the level should fix the issue.
- Tank Fills Slowly: If your tank takes a long time to fill, then your shut-off valve may be restricted. Open up the shut-off valve, and your toilet should fill normally.
- Suction Sounds Come from the Toilet: This problem may require a professional plumber to fix, as your toilet vent pipe may be clogged.
Mix a bleach and water solution for your toilet at least once a month. This helps keep your tank clean, and also prevents mildew and fungal buildup.
It’s also important to regularly check the lines behind the toilet to make sure there are no signs of corrosion or wear.
Maintaining and repairing your toilet is generally doable at home. The most difficult part will be determining the source of the problem!
What to Do if Your Toilet is Leaking
If you wake up in the middle of the night to find your toilet leaking, the first and most important thing to do is to close your toilet’s shutoff valve. This will stop more water from leaking onto the floor and minimize damage.
Then, clean up any standing water with an old towel. Place a cup under the lines if they are leaking to catch excess water.
Tidal Wave Response Atlanta
If your toilet is leaking in the middle of the night and causing a huge mess, call Tidal Wave Response! Our emergency hotline is available 24/7 for leaks which happen in the middle of the night. Don’t let an unexpected leak wreak havoc on your home. Call us at 770-693-4568. We guarantee to be at your Metro-area home in 30 minutes or less.