A toilet can leak from multiple places. In one instance, homeowners might notice a puddle forming around the base. This is a common occurrence and is the result of an opening at the base. Find out why you have a toilet base leak and what you can do about it.
Causes of a Toilet Base Leak
Most modern toilets have a pair of white plastic cap coverings. These cover the tee bolts that secure the toilet in place. If the bolts become loose, the toilet base will pull away from the floor and create an opening.
Another cause of a toilet base leak is a worn or loose wax ring. This is a large O-shaped ring below the base of the toilet. It’s out of sight, and you have to lift the base to locate the wax ring. The ring can erode over the years and no longer provide a firm seal.
How to Fix a Toilet Base Leak
Hopefully, all you have are two loose tee bolts. If that’s the case, just break out your toolbox and tighten them. If the bolts are already secured, then the problem is probably the wax ring. You will need to bring in a plumber to replace the ring. We do not recommend DIY wax ring replacement. For one, wax rings differ depending on the toilet model. You also have to apply caulking and examine the base area for possible mold growth. Continue Reading →