Why Does My Toilet Leak When Flushed?

It can feel rather alarming when you flush your toilet and suddenly water starts leaking,  Especially when you do not know what caused the leak.  Thankfully, though, these leaks are typically pretty minor issues with easy fixes.  However, some of these issues may not be visible unless the toilet is moved. White’s Plumbing in Youngsville, North Carolina is happy to come and check out your leaking toilet for you.  In the meantime, here are common issues that arise when a toilet leaks after flushing:

Toilet Tank Crack

If you have a crack in your toilet tank, the water will begin to leak out and onto the floor.  To make sure that there are no cracks in the toilet tank, check around the porcelain.  Since the tank holds water between every flush, it makes sense that water would spill out as it begins to refill the tank.  You will want to check inside and outside the tank for cracks. 

The tank is not cracked, the porcelain near the bottom of the toilet itself may also have a crack. You may want to check around the bottom of the toilet to make sure nothing has cracked down there. Unfortunately, if there’s a crack in the porcelain of your toilet, you may need to purchase a new one. 

Loose Tank Nuts/Bolts

Similar to a cracked tank, if the nuts and bolts that hold the tank onto the toilet are not properly installed, it will cause a leak. These nuts and bolts need to be installed properly and tightened in order to ensure that everything stays in place. If they are loose, that allows water to easily escape the tank and leak onto your floor.  Try tightening these nuts and bolts and seeing if the water still leaks the next time you flush.

Clogged Pipe Under Toilet

A clogged toilet seems obvious; usually know when you have a clogged one. However, sometimes the clog does not originate inside the toilet, but in the piping underneath it.  When a pipe under the toilet clogs, it will push the water back up. 

This will cause a leak as the water comes out of the toilet bowl or out of the base of the toilet. However, unless you have a drain snake handy at home, these are not as simple to unclog. You may want to call a plumber, such as White’s Plumbing, to unclog your toilet. 

A Bad Wax Ring

The wax ring provides a seal between the bottom of the toilet and the toilet flange.  The original purpose of this wax ring is to prevent any sewer gases from getting into your home. However, when the wax ring goes bad, not only can sewer gases get into your home, water can also seep up from under the toilet. Another way to know if the wax ring is bad is if the ceiling underneath the toilet begins to leak.  Because the wax ring is underneath the toilet, this may require a plumber to come check your toilet. 

Call White’s Plumbing Today

If you’re having issues with a leaking toilet, White’s Plumbing in Youngsville, North Carolina can help. Sometimes the issue is obvious, while other times it may be hidden.  If you cannot see anything wrong with your leaking toilet, you may want to call a plumber.  Here at White’s, we provide fast plumbing repair for Wake and Franklin Counties.  We can even replace your toilet if necessary. Contact us today with any questions or fill out the form to the right and someone will be in touch with you shortly. We look forward to helping you soon.

Why Won’t My Toilet Stop Running?

We all know the dreaded feeling – when you flush your toilet and suddenly, it doesn’t stop running. It isn’t clogged, but that noise just keeps going. If you don’t figure out a way to stop it, you know your water bill may see a jump soon.  

Running toilets are not a new issue; this has something that has happened for years.  Toilets, however, have not changed much in the last one hundred years, so thankfully we have figured out the common fixes for these issues. Fixing a running toilet is usually a quick and easy procedure, and White’s Plumbing can help walk you through the steps.

Check the Flapper

Your toilet flapper is a small rubber circle that sits at the bottom of the toilet tank. It is usually attached to the overflow tube and also has a chain attached to it. When the chain moves, it moves the flapper upwards to let water out of the tank, subsequently flushing the toilet. 

However, when the flapper does not sit correctly in its spot, this may cause issues with the toilet running. If the flapper is not completely covering the hole that it sits in, it will allow water to continuously leak out of the toilet tank, and therefore keep running.  This may be because the flapper simply wore out over time.  Luckily, this is an easy fix:

Replace the Flapper

  1. First, you will want to shut off the water supply to your toilet. Once you do this, you will flush the toilet so that the water will drain out of the tank. Now you have access to the tank without any water in the way.
  2. Next, you will see a horizontal lever that seems to connect to the handle of the toilet – the flush handle lever. From this, there is the chain dangling down that connects to the flapper.  Remove the chain from the flush handle lever.  
  3. From here, you will replace the actual flapper.  Depending on the design of the flapper, it should either have pegs that attach to the sides of the flush valve tube, or you will need to cut the old one off and slide the new one on.
  4. After you place the flapper, you will connect its new chain.  Make sure that when the handle is not touched, the chain has a little bit of slack to it.  Otherwise, if the chain is too tight, the flapper may not sit correctly.
  5. Now you may turn the water supply back on to your toilet.  Flush the toilet a few times to test the new flapper, and you are good to go!

Check Water Level Adjustment

The tube your flapper usually connects to is called the overflow tube.  This tube keeps the water in your toilet tank from rising too high.  Across from this is the fill valve, which tells your toilet how much water to put into the tank.  

If your toilet continuously runs and the issue is not the flapper, chances are the water level in the tank is too high. The water will flow into the overflow tube and then down into the toilet bowl itself.  Usually, the overflow tube has a mark on it that designates the water level line. You will simply need to lower the water level to this mark.

Lowering the Water Level

  1. The fill valve has what is called a float. This is what will actually adjust the water level in the tank.  On newer toilets, this will look like a rod that stands up and down. It attaches to the fill valve. 
  2. Loosen the screw or clip, then move the rod down to lower the water level.
  3. You will want the water level to be about one inch below the overfill tube, if you cannot see a designated line.
  4.  Make sure that the water level is where you would like it to be, then tighten the screw or clip again.
  5.  Flush your toilet to make sure everything has adjusted correctly. 

Contact White’s Plumbing

The flapper and the water level in the tank are two of the biggest reasons why a toilet may continuously run. While these seem like pretty easy fixes, things can sometimes go wrong. For example, when replacing the flapper, the overflow tube may potentially break if you are not careful. This will lead to a bigger problem.

If you are not comfortable diagnosing the problem or fixing it yourself, White’s Plumbing is here to help.  If you are in the Youngsville, North Carolina area, and are having an issue with a running toilet, we are happy to come and see what is going on for you.  Feel free to contact us today, and someone will be in touch with you shortly.