Tips on How to Detect Toilet Leaks
Leaks can be quite a hassle, particularly ones that involve the toilet. If you think that these are one of the more easily remedied bathroom problems, than you should be aware that it would actually depend per situation. The first step would be to determine where the leak is coming from before you call in your trusty neighborhood plumber.
- If the toilet leaks continuously, with no regard to being recently flushed or not, it might be a crack in the tank. Dry off the outside of the tank, and try to feel for hairline fractures. This is fixed by either replacing the entire toilet, or if it’s a newer model, just the toilet tank
- If you can’t find a crack anywhere on the tank, it may not be a leak, only condensation, and you’re in luck! The problem can be solved with only a thin Styrofoam lining, available at your local hardware store. You may not even need to call a plumber for that one.
- A leak from the tank to the toilet is caused by a problem with the seal inside the tank called a flapper. The way to test this is by dropping a few drops of food coloring into the tank, and watching to see if the color makes its way into the bowl. If it does, you can tell your plumber you have a leaky flapper.