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What To Do When Your Toilet is Leaking

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

No one enjoys a leaking toilet. If you find one in your University Place home, it's imperative to fix the problem quickly. So, here are a few steps to take when you find a leaky toilet in your house.

Locate the Leak
First, you'll need to figure out where the leak is emanating from. The location can tell you a lot. If it's coming out of the top, there's a good chance that you'll able to engage in toilet repair. Unfortunately, a leak that begins from underneath the toilet points to larger issues. Here are some other places to check for leaks:

  • The feed line
  • The gaskets
  • The bowl (in case of any cracks)

You may be able to simply tighten the applicable bolts with a screwdriver or a similar tool. If it comes to pass that the leak can't be fixed, you'll probably need to replace your toilet.

Call Experts
Before going any further, it's wise to seek out help. Restoration experts can help you determine whether your leaking toilet is repairable, thus saving you substantial funds. If not, the professionals can handle the replacement process with care. Otherwise, you could end up severely damaging your house and your belongings.

Turn Off the Water
The last thing you want is to start a flood in your house, especially when it consists of water from an old toilet. In order to avoid this, turn off the water. There should be a shutoff valve somewhere behind the toilet. Try to drain the remaining water as well, especially if the toilet is being removed. This can prevent further leakage during the cleanup process.

Clean Up Surrounding Water
A toilet leak is bad enough without adding in a mold problem. One of the most essential things to do after discovering a leak is to mop up the water surrounding your toilet. If you don't want to ruin your towels, you can use paper towels and any available buckets.
A leaking toilet may certainly be a nuisance, but it can be dealt with efficiently. Just to remember to stay calm and act quickly.

Call SERVPRO of University Place (253) 896-3000

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