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Reasons for a toilet leaking.

3/8/2023 (Permalink)

You wake up in the morning to find a puddle of water on your bedroom floor. This isn't just an inconvenience, it's a sign that you have a leaking toilet. Leaking toilets are one of the most common household plumbing problems, and they're also one of the easiest to fix.

The toilet tank

The tank is the most common culprit for leaks. If it's cracked or has a leaky seal, water will drip down into the bowl when it fills up with water. You can hear this dripping sound when you fill up your toilet tank with water and then listen closely as it drains out.

If you've determined that your toilet tank is leaking because of cracks or other damage, we recommend replacing your entire unit rather than trying to repair it yourself (or hiring someone who isn't qualified).

The overflow tube

The overflow tube is the part of the toilet that drains excess water from the tank. It's usually connected to the wall behind your toilet, and if it's clogged or kinked, it can cause water to back up into your tank.

To check whether or not this is what's happening in your case:

  • Turn off all taps in your home (if you have a sink near by). This will prevent any new leaks from forming while you investigate other possible causes.
  • Look at where your overflow tube connects with its pipe leading outside of the house; if there are signs that something has been blocking this connection--like leaves or dirt--remove them immediately!

Water supply line

Wet spots on the floor. If you have wet spots on the floor, it is likely that there is a leak in your water supply line. This can happen when the water is turned off or if you are experiencing low water pressure in your home. Slow or no water supply to toilets and faucets. If there is a leak in your plumbing system, this can cause slow drainage in toilets and faucets as well as other problems with water flow throughout your house's plumbing system. Water supply lines damaged by freezing temperatures during winter months when they're not insulated properly before being buried underground where they're more susceptible to damage from frost.

Flapper and seal

Toilet flappers, also known as flush valves, are the piece that seals and opens to allow water into your toilet tank. The seal is attached to this part of your plumbing system and acts as a water barrier between your toilet bowl and tank. When you close off this opening by shutting off your valve or flapper with your finger, air pressure builds up behind it (similarly to how blowing up a balloon creates pressure). When you open up that area again by lifting up on your handle or pushing down on an automatic sensor button, this releases that built-up air into its normal position so that water can flow into your bowl once again.

Serious Damage to your home

Leaking toilets are not only annoying, but they can cause serious damage to your home if you don't take care of them. If you have a leaking toilet, it's important to know what the problem is and how to fix it. If your home suffers from water damage from a leaking toilet, give SERVPRO of Whittier a call today!

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