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"4 Questions To Ask Yourself When Addressing a Leaking Toilet "

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water cleanup in a Downtown, Las Vegas bathroom

How to Fix a Leaking Toilet: Start by Asking Yourself These Four Questions!

Discovering that you have a leaking toilet on your hands in Downtown,NV, is never fun! A small leak can quickly lead to large puddles that will increase your water bill and possibly cause water damage. The first step to fixing the leak is diagnosing the problem and determining whether a repair or replacement is the best line of action. To help narrow down the possibilities for the source of the leak, start by asking yourself these four questions!

1. Do You Need To Replace the Wax Ring?

A common cause of a bathroom leak is an improperly installed or dried-out wax ring. Although the process of replacing a wax ring gets pretty complicated, the ring is cheaply priced at $10 or less. Be prepared to completely remove your toilet for this task!

2. Is the Tank Cracked?

A cracked toilet tank is often caused when people are too rough when putting the tank lid back on. If the crack is very thin, you might not notice it and be surprised when you find a constantly leaking toilet. A porcelain sealer or tank replacement is your best bet for this problem.

3. Is the Flapper Warped or Stuck?

While you might not instantly notice a warped flapper that has been worn out due to chemicals used to clean your toilet, a stuck flapper can cause a large overflow if the issue isn’t detected in time. To avoid dealing with water damage repair, make sure to check your flapper if your toilet bowl is leaking.

4. Do You Need To Realign or Replace the Float?

If you notice the fill valve is constantly running, a float that is cracked or positioned incorrectly is likely the culprit! Replacing a broken float or realigning it will get water levels back to where they’re supposed to be.

Addressing a leaking toilet immediately is key to avoiding serious water damage to your bathroom. While some issues will be a quick, inexpensive fix, a toilet replacement may be necessary!

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