4 Causes of a Toilet Leak
If you have a toilet leak, there could be a number of different causes behind it. If you don’t find out the actual cause, it could cause serious damage to your home. If a toilet overflows, you could also end up with rotting floorboards as well as massive utility bills caused by wasted water.
Tank Ball or Floater Installation
If your tank ball or floater is not installed correctly, it could cause the flush valve to stay open. Unfortunately, this problem is not always easy to locate. There is rarely any sound associated with this type of toilet leak as it is an internal problem. This also means that it can do the most amount of damage because it can go undetected for a long period of time. By making regular visual inspections inside the toilet cistern, this problem can be easily avoided.
Deterioration or Faulty Components
Deterioration and faulty components can also be problematic. In order to test to see if you have a faulty floater, you will need to flush the toilet and wait for it to fill back up again. Place some dark food coloring in the tank and leave it for fifteen to twenty minutes. Look into the toilet bowl and see if any of the coloring has leaked into the toilet. If it has, you will most likely have a leak caused by a faulty tank ball.
To repair this problem, you will need to purchase a new tank ball. Turn off the water supply and flush all of the water out of the tank. Once that is done, you should find it easier to unscrew the old tank ball and fit a new one.
All too often, a leaky toilet can be something as simple as the toilet chain being caught on another component inside the tank. Again, regular inspections can help to alleviate this problem. Lift open the tank after you have flushed the toilet and follow the movements of the chain mechanism. If the chain is caught around another component, simply untangle it and it should solve the problem. In some cases, you may have to get rid of some of the slack in the chain by disconnecting it and removing links. Once you have disconnected the chain, you will have much easier access to any extra linkage that might be causing the chain to be held in the wrong position for too long.
Lack of Ongoing Maintenance
A lack of ongoing maintenance is a common reason behind toilet failures. It is always best to open the tank on a regular basis and see if there are any obvious concerns. If your tank ball is resting completely underneath the water level, this will serve as an early indication to a long-term problem. Your tank ball should only be halfway under the water. The dye test mentioned above is one of the best ways to tell whether you have a leakage problem and you can purchase dye packs from most local home improvement stores.