A common problem with toilets happens when you walk into your bathroom and your socks become a sponge! You’ve got a leak somewhere and you have to get it fixed quick before it causes damage to your walls, baseboards, cabinets or carpet. Usually the first thing that homeowners do is lift the toilet lid and look. Not sure why, but that is what they do. The next thing they do is look under the toilet tank. If they can’t find the source of the leak generally the male species of the house will grab a towel (one belonging to the female species and is an expensive decorative towels of all things) and quickly protects the homestead from further water damage.
The source of this issue can be from several things: a toilet overflowed, a crack in your tank, a tank seal, or a wax ring seal issue. You might be thinking, “if it were from an overflowing toilet, don’t you think I would have recognized that?” Most people simply flush and walk away hoping that the toilet genie is doing his job while we are away and making the water swirl down the drain. In reality, the toilet may have overflowed, leaking water on the ground and when the drain clears the evidence eventually flushes away leaving you none-the-wiser. This is not as common, but it does happen. Another thing could be a physical crack in your tank or toilet. Sometimes these can be sealed with an epoxy, but we recommend in these cases that you replace the toilet. Another area where leaks can occur is in the tank itself. The screws used to mount the tank to the toilet can become loose, corroded, or the seals leak. These can be replaced relatively easily and require few parts. But the most common source is from a leak in the wax ring where your toilet seats to the floor. This can be a little more complicated and take some time and know-how to replace. If you have an hour or so to spare and want to make a trip down to the local plumbing supply or Home Depot, you can make these repairs on your own. We recommend that you Texas Master Plumber a call, and catch up on your email while we take all of your worries away.