Ask a Plumber: What to Do if Your Toilet is Leaking Around the Base

Ask a Plumber: What to Do if Your Toilet is Leaking Around the BaseIf you have noticed that there is water collecting around the base of your toilet then you are likely dealing with a toilet leak. You should stop using that toilet right away because the water you seek on your floor is water that is coming from your toilet bowl. You should also take action right away because leaving the water on your floor can both cause water damage to your floor and result in mold growth.

The best option is to contact your California plumber as soon as possible. However, if you are feeling handy and want to try a few simple trouble shooting options on your own, keep reading. For professional, guaranteed services contact High Speed Plumbing at 1-888-958-1394.

Tighten the tee bolts

Get down on the ground and look at the base of your toilet. You will see plastic caps that are covering bolts. Those bolts are called tee bolts and they keep your toilet anchored. If they are loose, then the seal of your toilet may break and could cause a leak. To fix this issue, position your toilet to ensure it is both centered and level. Then tighten the bolts. If you can’t get them to tighten then you either need new bolts or it is another issue altogether.

Replace the wax ring

If you checked your tee bolts and found them to be tight then the issue may be with your toilet’s wax ring. The easiest way to fix this is to take a picture of the base of your toilet and then visit your local hardware store. Ask an associate to help you determine what type of ring you need.

Once you’ve found the right replacement, turn off the water flow to your toilet via the valve behind it. Then flush the toilet to get rid of the water in the bowl. Put a bucket under the valve so that if overflow occurs you catch the water. Now plunge the toilet to get rid of any remaining water in the base.

Next, unscrew the water supply line to your toilet and take off the tee bolts from the floor. Move your toilet and put it on its side. You can then remove the wax ring (along with any residue) and put a new ring on the flange. Then put the toilet back, secure the tee bolts, and turn the water back on.

Do not risk damage to your toilet, floor, or home

While the above tips can help you in a pinch, excess water leaking from your toilet is never a good sign and it is worth calling in the professionals. It may be that you have a toilet clog so deep you can’t see it. There may be an issue with your plumbing. Whatever the situation, it is not going to get easier or cheaper to fix. Contact High Speed Plumbing at 1-888-958-1394 now to have it looked at by the pros.