Indoor toilets were once considered luxury items, but today they are taken for granted as necessities. It isn’t until your toilet begins malfunctioning that you realize how much you have come to rely on its seamless plumbing. Some toilet issues need to be left strictly to the New Port Richey plumbing professionals, while others can be handled on your own with a bit of resolve and diligence. A leaking toilet base, for example, could be a simple DIY repair.
What Is a Leaking Toilet Base?
When the base of your toilet leaks, dirty water with an unpleasant odor will start spreading over your bathroom floor without any other obvious source. In addition to the “ick factor” that this causes, a leaky toilet base also risks damaging your flooring and sub flooring, and the dirty water itself poses health threats since it is contaminated. Cleaning it up quickly and preventing the problem from occurring again is very important.
Find the Leak and Fix it Quickly
There are two main causes of a leaking toilet base: loose tee bolts and a damaged wax ring. Fortunately, each has a relatively simple solution.
Tee bolts are the bolts found at the base of your toilet that are usually covered in small plastic removable domes. If one of the bolts becomes loose or faulty, it can break your toilet’s wax seal and allow a leak to form. To diagnose and solve this problem, simply remove the plastic covers from the bolts and tighten the bolts with an adjustable wrench. If any of the tee bolts spin freely or are frozen in place, you will need to replace them.
If your toilet base leaking problems persist after you tighten the tee bolts, it’s likely that the wax ring is damaged. While the wax ring replacement itself is simple, the process requires moving the toilet from the floor. If you don’t want to handle that task alone, call in a Clearwater plumber to take care of the job. Or, if you’re determined to DIY, be sure to shut off the water to your toilet, flush to drain all water from the tank and bowl, and unscrew the nut that keeps the fill valve in place. You will need to catch the rest of the water as it drains.
Finally, loosen the tee bolts and lift the toilet out of its position. If some of the wax seal is still in place, removing the toilet may take some effort. Once the toilet is out of the way, scrape off the old wax ring, place the new wax ring down, and realign your toilet. Be sure to use your weight to create a watertight seal as the toilet is pressed into the wax. If you do this procedure correctly, your leaking problems should disappear!