How to Repair a Leaking Toilet Tank How to Repair a Leaking Toilet Tank
A leaking toilet tank is a serious problem for many people. The good news is that you can fix it easily on your own. Typically when you have a leaking toilet tank, the gasket is the issue. You will need to replace both the gasket and the sealant to resolve the leaking. Here are a few materials you will need, along with some guidelines to help you with the process.
Step 1 - Shut Off Water Supply
Throughout this process you should be wearing rubber gloves for safety. Begin by shutting off the water supply completely from the main access or just for the toilet. You can typically find a valve to shut off the water on the bottom of the toilet. Turn and be sure that it is tight. Try to get as much water out as you can by flushing the toilet once the water has been shut off. Using a rag can help to sop up any of the excess water that is left in the tank.
Step 2 - Remove Fixtures and Tank
Start by removing the cold water tube. You will most likely need the help of pliers to get the tube disconnected. Then, you will need to take the tank out but removing the bolts that are securing it in.Once you have removed the tank you can take off the old gasket.
Step 3 - Replace Gasket and Tank
Now, clean off the area you are working in and replace with a new gasket. Be sure to use a cleaner that is safe for your toilet. Use gasket sealant to secure everything into place. Once everything has set, prop the tank back up into place and put in new washers for the bolts. Screw the bolts back so that the tank is secure and make sure to use pliers to tighten everything completely. Then, make sure that you reconnect the cold water line back into the toilet. You will need to use pliers to connect and tighten everything to make sure that it does not leak in the future.
Once everything has been hooked up and secured into place, turn the water supply back on through the main supply or by using the valves near the toilet. Allow the toilet to fill back up with water and then flush it a few times to make sure that everything is working that way that it should be. If you have any trouble with leaking, you may want to make sure that everything is completely tighten using pliers. If the problem persists, remove the fixtures and follow the steps again to go through the process and ensure that everything is on properly.
If you are still having problems with a leaking toilet tank, you may want to consider calling a professional before the problem gets out of hand. Be sure to inform them about the steps that you went through.