Why Is My Toilet Leaking From Underneath?

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The reason why your toilet is leaking from underneath is due to a faulty wax gasket, or seal. A simple fix in this situation would involve you tightening the closet bolts to prevent further water leakage. However, if water continues to leak, then the entire wax gasket should be replaced.

Discovering a Toilet Leakage

Have you recently discovered water gathering around the base of your toilet bowl? This is a clear indication that there is a toilet leakage in your toilet system. There are two options to resolve this issue, firstly you may try to fix it yourself, and secondly you could engage a leakage repair Singapore company. Water leaks should be addressed promptly without delays. If not, there might be severe consequences.

Here is a 7 step process for fixing a toilet leak from beneath your toilet bowl:

Step 1: Identifying the Source of the Leak

Identifying the Source of the Leak is a simple yet crucial part of fixing your toilet bowl. If you notice water gathering at the base of the toilet bowl, you should use a cloth or sponge to absorb and remove the water. In the next half an hour, observe the area to identify the source of the leak. You can expedite this process by flushing your toilet to force the leaking process. Once you see water forming at the base of the bathroom, it is safe to diagnose the problem as a leak caused by a faulty wax ring or loose closet bolts.

Step 2: Checking Your Toilet Parts

Checking Your Toilet Parts is the next important step after identifying the source of the leak. Valves, tubes, or piping are some of the parts that can contribute to a leak when they are damaged. You need to ensure that these parts of the toilet system are working and are not faulty due to wear and tear or have sustained other damages.

Step 3: Preparing the Necessities

Preparing the Necessities for the repair job is the third step. It is recommended to have cloths, sponges, two small buckets for dirt and water respectively, a putty knife and a wrench. As for purchases, you are required to have new replacement parts like a wax gasket, closet bolts, and nuts as well as support flanges.

Step 4: Cutting the Water Supply

Cutting the Water Supply should be done before attempting to fix or change any parts of the toilet bowl. You can cut the water supply by turning off the knob or lever at the shutoff valve. This step is one that people often forget, and as a result, they end up drenched with water spraying everywhere. Either way, during the initial fixing process, you would not need to test flush nor be able to use your toilet. In an event where there are spills or excess water, use the bucket to contain the water, and dispose of it later.

Step 5: Remove and Cleanse

Remove and Cleanse: This is an important part of fixing a toilet bowl. Dirt and old parts have to be cleaned and replaced to ensure that they fit. To simplify matters, we have created a simple list to help you in this journey of setting your toilet bowl.

 

  • Remove the tank lid of the toilet bowl, flush out all the existing water and dry out the remaining water with a cloth or sponge.
  • Remove the compression nut on the shutoff valve and water supply tube.
  • Remove all the securing parts like bolts, nuts, and fixtures.
  • You should be able to remove the toilet bowl by firmly gripping it and slowly twisting remove it from the floor. This process disconnects the toilet bowl from the current wax seal, which fully exposes it.
  • Use the prepared putty knife to remove any remaining wax from the previous wax gasket. You must ensure the complete removal of wax from beneath the toilet bowl and the adjoining supporting flange from the floor.
  • Clean the surrounding area to ensure that the surface is smooth and free of dirt.
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Step 6: Installation Checklist

  • Install flange supports by sliding them in-between the floor and the toilet bowl. The installation reduces rotting created by the water leaks.
  • Tighten all screws which secure the flanges to the floor.
  • Install your new wax gasket by placing it on the closet flange, ensure that both parts are centralised before fixing them in place.
  • It is recommended to replace water supply tubes with a stainless steel-enmeshed polymer tube. It is very durable, and the installation process is simple.
  • Final checks are crucial before setting your toilet bowl back in place.

Step 7: Return the Toilet Bowl to the Original Position

Return the Toilet Bowl to the Original Position: This is the final step process to fix your toilet bowl and prevent a leak from occurring again. You can carry the toilet bowl to place it over the flanges and wax gasket while using the closet bolts as indicators of alignment. When placing the toilet back to its original position, use your weight to apply pressure to the toilet bowl on the wax gasket.

 

Some final checks include checking that the toilet tank is aligned with the wall and screws are tightened. It is recommended to push the entire toilet bowl down slightly and tighten the screws again to prevent the toilet from shifting or coming loose. When you are doing this, do exercise caution not to apply too much pressure or tightening as you may crack the toilet bowl.

 

If everything goes well, firmly connect the water supply tube to the shutoff valve and switch it on. However, if you observe that the toilet is still leaking from beneath, do not worry. You can apply more pressure and tighten the screw. The leaking should stop, and the toilet bowl will settle after constant usage.

 

If all else fails, or the leak is coming from elsewhere, you can contact a leakage or waterproofing specialist to help you.

Trust Flux Solutions to Help You Fix Your Toilet Leakage

Flux Solutions Pte Ltd is a waterproofing specialist in Singapore that services many different waterproofing issues. We are continually researching and evolving to be at the frontier of the industry.

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