There is nothing more annoying than a toilet that leaks water, and troubleshooting a toilet leaking from the base is something that cannot be done in a few minutes. You will need to take the time to work out how to spot where the leaks come from, and you will also need to learn how to fix that problem once you have found it. There are several reasons why a toilet might leak from the base, and being able to spot the difference can help you to get the best from your toilet. Cracks in the fabric of the toilet bowl can often cause it to leak around the base. Water being flushed away from the bowl will run out of the crack, forced by water pressure, and this will form a pool around the base.
Troubleshooting a Toilet That Is Leaking From the Base
How do you fix a leaking American Standard toilet?
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How to Fix a Toilet That Is Leaking From the Base
Water on the floor or a running toilet could signal the need for a minor repair, a major one or even a new toilet, and a few simple tests can help you decide which it is. The location of the leaking water provides one of the main clues, as is the accompanying presence of sewer smells. Whatever the cause, it's important to correct it quickly, or you may have to do significant repairs to the floor. A puddle of water under the toilet tank usually isn't a cause for alarm, but it can be serious.
Take a look inside the tank. If the water level rises above the overflow tube, the problem may be with the float or the inlet valve on the ballcock. Remember that the float rises with the level of the water and tells the inlet valve when to shut off the flow. If this mechanism doesn't work properly, the water keeps rising until it spills through the overflow tube and into the bowl Image 1. To check the inlet valve, flush the toilet and, as the water rises, gently lift the rod that holds the float Image 2 until you hear the water stop.