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A Homeowner's Guide To A Leaky Toilet

A leaking toilet is a very common problem for a homeowner to have. Knowing more about what can cause your toilet to leak and what repair options you have, will certainly make the problem a little easier to deal with.

Could You Have a Crack Problem?

You might notice a crack in the toilet's tank or bowl. A crack in the toilet tank is only a problem if the crack is below water level. If the crack is below water level, you may be able to use a porcelain sealer to repair the crack. Keep in mind, you will have to completely drain the tank and allow it to dry out before you can use the sealant on the crack. Unfortunately, this means you may be without a toilet for a day or two.

Like the tank, a cracked toilet bowl is only an issue if the crack is below water level. Unlike the tank, however, a cracked toilet bowl is not really a fixable problem. The only option a homeowner has in this situation is to replace the entire toilet.

Could You Have a Corrosion Problem?

Corrosion is a potential problem with any component of your plumbing or toilet assembly. Age, water, and chemical reactions by themselves or in combination can result in corrosion. Corrosion can be one of the more damaging issues causing a leak because entire fixtures and pipes may need to be replaced. The reason entire fixtures and pipes may need replaced is because corrosion usually starts from within the plumbing or pipes and works its way out.

Could The Float Assembly Be Malfunctioning?

In most toilets, the float assembly is a large plastic ball hooked to a lengthy metal road that floats in the toilet tank. If the float assembly stops working, the toilet doesn't know when to run water and when to shut off. This can cause the toilet to overflow and create a huge water problem. Fortunately, float assembly problems are easy to fix – even if you are inexperienced. For example, if the ball float itself leaks – you just need to replace the ball float.

A leaking toilet is not a problem you should ignore as it could lead to water damage and mold growth. Whether the solution is replacing a float ball, buying sealant, or replacing the entire toilet – the last thing you want is to wait long enough to where the float also needs replaced because of water damage. If you lack the proper tools or aren't sure where the water is coming from, a professional plumber can help. To learn more, contact a plumbing company like Crown Plumbing INC