Toilet Leaks Water on the Floor: How to Repair

What You'll Need
Toilet wax ring
Plumbers putty
Small cup
Kitchen bowl

If your bathroom is getting old, you may start having problems with leakages such as toilet leaks. If you see a little water on the floor around the lower part of your toilet bowl, it may have a damaged wax gasket seal. Hence, to replace the seal you have to remove the toilet bowl from the floor. This is a job that requires much more work then it does money. Thus, here are some steps to follow in order to repair your toilet leakage.

Step 1 – Shut Off the Water

Many older toilets and most newer ones have a shut off valve on the back. Hence, you should turn this valve clockwise. Otherwise, if your toilet does not have a shut off valve under the tank, you have to turn off the water from the main valve.

Step 2 – Flush the Toilet

Now you must flush the toilet to empty the tank to remove as much water as possible. Then you can use a small cup to remove the remaining water in the toilet bowl and then suck up the rest using a sponge. Don’t worry, tank water is relatively clean, but it is better to wash your hands after you’re done.

Step 3 – Disconnect the Riser Tube

Before beginning this step, place the kitchen bowl under the shut off valve to catch any dripping water. Then use a wrench to disconnect the riser tube that brings fresh water to the tank from the shut off valve. Don’t just loosen the nut but remove the tube completely so that it doesn’t get bend or damaged.

Step 4 – Remove the Tank

Lose and remove the bolts at the bottom of the tank that attach the toilet bowl to the reservoir tank in order to  to be able to lift the tank off the bowl. If the tank is wall-mounted, you don’t have to take the tank off the wall but simply remove the "Y"-shaped pipe leading from the tank to the bowl.

Step 5 – Detach the Toilet Bowl

On each side of the base of the toilet bowl you should find the nuts that are usually covered by decorative caps that hold the bolts to the floor. Thus, pull the caps off and unscrew the nuts using a wrench. However, even with the nuts removed, the putty along the bottom of the bowl and the leaking wax ring still forms a strong bond.

Step 6 – Remove the Toilet Bowl

You  may need some help for this step. Start by gently rock or tilt the bowl back and forth until the seal loosens enough for you to remove the bowl. Don’t hit the bowl or try to pry it off using a large screwdriver because you may chip or crack the bowl. Once the bowl is completely detached from the floor, lift it and move it apart.

Step 7 – Installing the New Wax Ring

Clean thoroughly all the putty and wax from the bowl, the waste pipe and the floor. Now, you can insert the new wax ring over the waste pipe and apply a new 1 inch wide bend of putty under the outer perimeter of the bowl.

Step 8 – Connect the Bowl and The Tank

Lift the bowl, position it over the opening and gently lower it down. Hence, apply some pressure to push the bowl down fully. Now reattach the nuts to the floor bowl and replace the decorative caps. Reattach also the reservoir tank and connect the riser tube to the tank or shut off valve. Finally, turn on the water supply and remove any excess putty and the job is completed.