When you enter your bathroom and then find a puddle or even worse around your toilet, you are likely to feel scared. Water damage is a real problem, and it goes without saying that a proper and functioning toilet is a real necessity. If you only have one restroom in the house, you want to make sure that the toilet is in perfect condition whenever there is an issue.
However, when water leaks from your toilet base, it is often not as big a problem as many people imagine it to be from the beginning. Find below some of the common causes of leakage you may encounter at the base of your toilet
The wax ring problem
A common problem people have with their toilet is the wax ring problem. The wax ring is the seal of wax which seals the part of your toilet where it enters the floor underneath it. If the wax ring has a problem, water can flow or leak through it from the base of the toilet to the floor. It is good news to hear however that replacing a wax ring is very cheap, even if it needs a relatively tricky process if you choose to replace it yourself.
On the other hand, you could be very lucky if the water on the floor is only as a result of condensation. It could well be the case if you live in an area that is known to be quite humid. To know if the water you see on the floor is as a result of the area you live or the possibility of another problem, you need to clean the toilet bowl then wait for the water to gather again, and see if it is a leak or it is as a result of condensation.
Loose screws or bolts
Another of the most common reasons which could be the cause of your leaking toilet base is loose screws or bolts. These are the bolts that hold your toilet parts in place. When they are loosed, the base of the toilet will not be firmly attached to the floor. If you tighten these screws, the problem will be fixed. To do this you must hold the toilet firmly on the floor and tighten it. If this is the problem, after tightening it, the leak should stop.
Bowl of cracked toilet
It is probably one of the most extreme possibilities, but it is always a possibility. If it is, the crack may be anywhere on the toilet bowl, it doesn’t necessarily have to be at the base of your toilet. Due to the pressure of the water inside the toilet bowl, some of the water is forced to escape from the cracks and then run on the toilet bowl to the floor. This may be the cause of water accumulation around the floor or base of your toilet.
To solve this problem, it is necessary to empty the toilet bowl, and therefore, the cracks must be fixed with waterproof sealant. However, if the water is still spilled, this may indicate the need for a new toilet completely.
These are the causes of the toilet leaks you"re experiencing. If you can fix it, go ahead to do so, if you cannot, do not hesitate to call in a plumber to assist you to do the job professionally.