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Bathroom Plumbing FAQ: Is My Toilet Leaking?

As professional plumbers, you can imagine that a lot of our business entails trips to bathrooms in our clients’ homes. This makes sense, considering the fact that this is generally, along with the kitchen, where the highest concentration of plumbing fixtures and components is. If trips to bathrooms are common, then calls regarding leaking toilets are extremely common cause for those trips. When you have to get yourself and your family up and out of the house in a timely fashion in the morning, a leaking toilet is a major setback.

Before you panic, however, you should keep the following tips in mind. Now, don’t get us wrong–we most certainly do not advise you to make every plumbing job or toilet repair in your home into a DIY event. However, there are a few simple factors that you may want to rule out before scheduling professional bathroom plumbing services in Queen Creek, AZ.

First Things First: Is It Actually a Leak?

There are a lot of situations in which a professional plumber is going to be the only individual who can accurately diagnose a problem with a residential plumbing system. In a few rare cases, however, this is not going to be true. You don’t have to be a professional plumber to determine that the water that you are seeing around the base of your toilet is not actually the product of a leak, but rather the condensation dripping off of the tank. Perhaps you’ve been running the humidifier a bit too hard. It’s also possible that the kids–or even you yourself–are not that careful when stepping out of the shower.

Okay, It’s a Leak. What Now?

The next step is to figure out where the leak is actually coming from, and what effect it may have. If, for instance, the tank or bowl is cracked and leaking all over the floor, you need to get the water shut off and schedule service immediately. It’s time for a new throne in the palace.

A tank that is leaking into the toilet bowl and causing it to run continually, on the other hand, may not be that big of a deal. In many cases, the flapper at the bottom of the tank may be misaligned or degraded. We can replace it for you, but even we’ll admit that replacing this little plastic round is something that most homeowners are fairly comfortable with doing.

If the toilet is leaking around the base, you could have a serious issue on your hand. You see, the wax seal around the base of the toilet is probably broken. That’s just one part of the problem, however, because you still shouldn’t be leaking water under there anyway. If you run into this problem, you need us to come remove the toilet, fix the leak, put in a new seal, and reinstall in the toilet. This is not something to attempt on your own. Leave it to The Sunny Plumber Phoenix.

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