A leaky toilet is the last thing you want, but it can happen at any time. A leaky toilet can cause water damage in your home. If it goes undetected, it can end up costing you extra money on your water bill. Many leaks don't show signs at all, but there are still a few indicators that your toilet needs repair. Many of these signs can be the result of multiple problems but they are all common in leaking toilets.
There are a few easy ways to determine whether or not you have a leaking toilet.
Your Toilet Makes Noise
If your toilet makes noise after you flush it means that the water is still running. This can often be the result of a slight disruption in the tank. There could be a problem with the toilet flush or fill valve in your tank, and it could be the result of a leak.
The Floor Is Stained Around The Toilet
If you notice a yellow, brown or grey stain around the base of your toilet, it could be a sign that there is a leak. Generally, if there is a stain, it is a sign that the leak is older, and there has been water damage over time.
The Toilet Leaks From The Bottom Of The Tank
If you notice water collecting at the base of your toilet, it's likely that you have a leaky toilet tank. This often occurs in older models or toilets that are used heavily.
The Floor Is Damp Around The Toilet
The easiest way to determine whether or not your toilet is leaking is to feel for signs of dampness. If there is rippling or stains around the base of the toilet, accompanied by dampness, it's a sure sign you have a leak.
There Is A Smell Of Sewage
A general smell of sewage is a clear indicator that there is something wrong with your plumbing. Your toilet bowl could be leaking. Additionally, the pipes could be leaking as well. Often the smell does not come from leaking raw sewage as many suspect, but rather a leak in the vent pipe behind your toilet. It can release the natural gasses from the sewer into your home. This type of leak should be dealt with immediately by your plumber, as some gasses from sewage, such as methane can be harmful.
Solutions For A Leaking Toilet
If your toilet leaks frequently, or you find yourself calling your plumber frequently, it may be a good idea to simply replace the toilet. It can end up saving you money rather than continually paying for repairs. This is especially true if your toilet is older. If you have recently purchased an old home, this is a common problem. Often the toilet simply needs to be updated.
Call Your Plumber
Call your plumber if you notice that your toilet is leaking. Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating has over 50 years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry. We provide 24/7 emergency plumbing services which means that if your toilet is flooded, clogged or leaking or you encounter any other emergency plumbing problem, you can call Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating at any time of the day or night. Our team of experienced plumbers can help you repair or replace your leaking toilet. Contact us today.