How to Repair a Leaking Toilet Tank
8 Steps to Fix a Leaking Toilet
When you find water pooling near your home’s toilet in Piatt/Dewitt Counties don’t panic. Check to see if the leak is coming from the tank or the base. If the leaking toilet is at the tank, you can easily fix it with the following eight steps.
1. Shut off the supply water.
The tube below the tank is connected to a valve. Simply turn the valve until the water is off.
2. Remove the tank’s water.
Use a small container to bail the water out of the tank. Once most of the water is gone, use a sponge to absorb the last of it.
3. Loosen the tank’s bolts.
Using an adjustable wrench and screwdriver, loosen and remove both of the tank’s bolts. This will ensure easy removal of the tank.
4. Lift the tank from the base.
Very gently move the tank from side to side until you feel it lift. With the help of a friend, lift the leaking toilet tank and lay it on its side so you can access the bottom.
5. Eliminate the leaking retaining washer.
Remove the washer by turning it until it comes loose. If it is tight, use an adjustable wrench to loosen and remove the rubber piece.
6. Clean the remaining rubber.
Use something hard to scrape the remains of the gasket from the hole and surrounding area. Make sure the area is clean.
6. Install the tank’s new gasket.
Insert the new gasket into the hole and turn until it is tight. Make sure it turns easily because there is a danger of cross threading.
7. Replace the tank’s bolts and nuts.
Reinstall the nuts on the bolts by hand, making sure they are snug, but not overly tight.
8. Reattach the tank to the base.
Move the tank into position on the toilet base. Gently tighten the nuts and bolts until the gasket looks snug in the base. This will prevent a future bathroom leak.
You have just repaired your leaking toilet. However, if you don’t want to do the job yourself, consider calling a water specialist team to do the job quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt counties is ready to help 24/7, Call us at (217) 935-2992. (LB)