My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
A leaking toilet is one of the most common residential water leaks. Unfortunately, there are a number of different problems that could be causing your toilet to leak. Being aware of some of the most common reasons for leaking can help you avoid them from happening as well as help you know what to do when you encounter these problems.
Wear and Tear on Toilet Washers and Bolts
After so many flushes, the bolts and washers on your toilet tank are going to become worn out. When this happens, the toilet will start to leak. Fortunately, this is a problem you may be able to fix on your own. Most toilets will have two large bolts connecting the tank to the toilet as well as a gasket. If you start to notice water leaking from any of these components, you need to replace them.
The Tank-Bowl Gasket Is Cracked
The tank-bowl gasket works with your toilet's bolts, washers, and nuts in order to keep the bowl attached to the toilet and free from leaks. For the most part, the tank-bowl gasket is a component you will never have to mess with. However, this gasket can crack. If it cracks, it is going to leak. Due to age and chemical buildup, corrosion can start to form on the gasket, and this is what usually causes it to crack and start to leak.
The Pipes Are Rusting
Rust is the result of corroding pipes. Rust and corrosion will only be an issue on the metallic components of your toilet. As the pipes start to corrode and rust, they become weak. As they weaken, they become more prone to cracking and developing holes. Once you have cracks and holes, the pipes will need to be replaced, or else they are going to leak. Unfortunately, this is a problem that will escalate over time as the leaking water will cause the holes and cracks to enlarge.
The Tank or Bowl Is Cracked
If the toilet tank or bowl is cracked, it is going to leak. Unfortunately, the only solution to this problem is to replace whatever is cracked. In some cases, it may be more affordable to consider investing in a whole new toilet.
A leaking toilet is not a problem you want to ignore. In almost all cases, the leak is going to get worse. If you ignore the problem, the leak is going to cause water damage to the floor and walls in the bathroom. Before you know it, your hesitation to get the plumbing fixed will necessitate your remodeling the bathroom.