Tips For Fixing A Leaking Toilet Base

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If you use the bathroom and notice a great deal of water on the floor, then it is likely that your toilet is leaking. While leaks can happen in a variety of places, the issue is likely along the base if you do not directly see any leaks around the tank or the water supply lines. A base leak can be fixed fairly easily. Keep reading to learn how.

Tighten The Bolts

If you sit on your toilet and notice it shifting just a bit, then there is a good chance that the bolts that connect the toilet to the floor have loosened a small amount. This loosening causes the toilet to shift back and forth a bit. If the bolts are loose, then the toilet itself is not sitting flush on the wax seal and the large waste pipe that meets the toilet at the floor. Water can then work its way around the loose base and onto your floor. 

There is often an easy solution to this issue. You simply need to tighten the bolts that keep the toilet base securely in place. The bolts are called t-bolts, and they are often located on either side of the toilet base and covered with small plastic caps. Remove the caps and use a wrench to tighten the bolts. 

If this fixes the leak issue, then make sure to replace the caulk around the toilet base. Water can cause the old caulk to pull up, and the caulk can help to keep water from damaging your floor.

Replace The Seal

If the t-bolts have started to loosen and the toilet was wobbly, then there is a good chance that the wax ring that sits just underneath the toilet was damaged in the process. This ring creates a watertight seal at the base of the toilet, but it is quite pliable, meaning it can be altered fairly easily. 

If you notice even a small leak from the toilet base after tightening your bolts, then the wax seal needs to be changed. Wax toilet seals are standardized, so you can purchase a new universal one from your local home store. Remove the water from the toilet bowl, turn off the water supply, and then loosen the t-bolts at the toilet base. 

Pick up the toilet and move it to the side. Find the wax seal along the floor and look for screws holding it in place. Remove the screws, use a flathead screwdriver to pry up the seal, and place the new seal down in its place.

When you go to replace the toilet, set it down straight over the wax seal and you can then reattach the t-bolts. This will prevent future leaks

If you cannot do this on your own, or you can't find the source of the leak, contact a professional plumbing company that offers toilet repair, such as Arnold  &  Sons_Plumbing Sewer &  Drain Services.

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