What should I do with my leaking toilet?
When a toilet stops working it can make life very inconvenient, especially if it is the only toilet in the house. Luckily most problems can be fixed quite quickly by an experienced plumber. It might be as simple as fixing the constant water-waste of a leaking cistern or more involved, for example, replacing, relocating, or renovating a bathroom or toilet.
If you notice a small pool of water where your toilet meets the floor or if the floor around the toilet feel spongy, then you probably have a leaking toilet. The finished flooring might be lifting or the tiles might be turning yellow and the grout becoming mouldy. If so, you probably have a bad seal between the toilet horn (where the waste exits) and the drain line. Don’t procrastinate any longer.
Small leaks trapped beneath the toilet will eventually rot floor surfaces, and even the underlying framing. If you wait too long not only will the damage get worse, but the repair costs will rise, especially when you realise that you are going to be replacing tiling and sometimes even the sub floor because the water has soaked through the grout and damaged the under layers or even the framing.
It’s always good to talk to a licensed plumber early for advice on what can be achieved and where and how.