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Common Toilet Leaks

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Toilets are common locations for leaks, which can raise your water usage and potentially cause damage to your bathroom. There are multiple locations where a toilet leak can develop. However, the majority of these leaks can easily be repaired with inexpensive parts and common hand tools. Another fact to consider is that the cost of any of these repairs would be more than paid for by the savings on your water bill over time. Some of the most common leaks are listed below:

  • Flapper valve, flush valve, tank-to-bowl gasket, and bolt gaskets
    • These valves and gaskets have a track record of warping and deteriorating over time. Over the years, these will degrade to the point where they will no longer make a proper seal, causing a leak. 
  • Fill Valve
    • Occasionally, the tube that runs to the bowl can get below the water line causing it to siphon the water from the tank, causing a loop. 
  • Trip Lever
    • The chain that connects the lever to the flapper valve can get too tight to the point where the flapper valve is unable to seal properly. 
  • Wax Seal
    • When a toilet is improperly mounted, the toilet is able to rock back and forth, causing the wax seal to prematurely break. 
  • Water Supply Connector
    • Plastic connectors can crack and break either with age or by unnecessary force.
  • Cracked Porcelain 
    • Though it's less common, a cracked tank or bowl is a real possibility, cracks can occur on either the tank or the bowl and should be patched as soon as possible. 

If you are facing water damage from a toilet leak, don’t hesitate to call us today! SERVPRO of Jackson & Ross, Athens & Gallia Counties is available 24/7 and can be contacted at (740) 286-2550!

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