Toilet Leaking at the Base? This Could Be the Problem
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Toilet Leaking at the Base? This Could Be the Problem
Feb 10, 2022

Toilet Leaking at the Base? This Could Be the Problem

Have you noticed a puddle of water sitting on your bathroom floor that keeps returning even after mopping it up? Your toilet could be leaking at the base. A leaking toilet can be very frustrating, especially when you don't know what's causing the leak. This problem should be fixed at the earliest to avoid water damage in your bathroom, unpleasant smell, and unsanitary conditions in your home.

In this article, we will walk you through the main reasons why toilets leak at the base.

  • Loose Tee Bolts

Tee bolts hold your toilet firmly in place, creating a watertight seal between the base of your toilet and the floor. These bolts may loosen over time and break the seal at the bottom of your toilet, causing water to leak from the base each time you flush your toilet. To fix this problem, pry off the plastic caps covering these bolts and check to see if they are loose. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten these bolts to keep your toilet secured. If they turn freely when you attempt to tighten them, you’ll need new tee bolts.

  • Damaged Wax Ring

There’s a wax ring at the base of your toilet’s drain exit that creates an airtight seal to prevent water and sewer gas from escaping. The wax ring may get eroded over time and result in water seeping through the base.  Luckily, wax ring is relatively easy to replace. All you’ll need to do is loosen the tee bolts and remove the toilet from the floor. Next, remove the old wax ring, place the new wax ring over the flange and reinstall the toilet in its original position. However, you should only consider replacing deteriorating wax ring by yourself if you have the necessary tools and know what you’re doing. If you need help with replacing the wax ring, call an experienced plumber.

  • Condensation

Condensation on the outer surface of the water tank can cause water to pool at the base of your toilet. When the weather is hot and humid, and cold water enters the toilet tank, the moist air that comes into contact with the outer surface of the water tank can begin to condense. You can fix this problem by installing a tray or insulating your water tank.

  • Loose Water Supply Line

The supply line connecting to the water tank can loosen and cause water to leak from the base of your toilet.

Have a leaking toilet? Let our plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing solve the issue for you.

With the help of our knowledgeable and experienced plumbers, you’ll know your toilet leak will be fixed correctly the first time. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we can tackle any toilet problem from leak detection to clogged toilet fix and toilet tank replacement and get your bathroom back up and running. If your toilet has reached the end of its lifespan or making repairs is no longer a viable option, we can help you with toilet replacement.