Leaking toilets (water closer) can be a real menace. Water leaking from the toilet tank if not sorted out in time leads to losing of several litres of water and weakening of buildings’ structure. Similarly, drips that occur between the water closet and sewer line may render buildings inhabitable.
If you notice any leaks, it’s time to call a professional plumber. At Damien McEvoy Plumbing, we specialise in all plumbing areas for residential and commercial buildings. We are based in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire. Backed by our experienced personnel and state of the machines, we deliver timely, quality and the most satisfactory fix to all your plumbing needs.
Diagnosing Water Closet Leaks
There can be a wide range of reasons for a dripping system, the more common causes come as a result of condensation, breakdown of seals and washers, cracks or malfunctioning equipment. Let’s take a look at some of these.
Water Closet Dripping Due To Condensation
Tank condensation, especially in summer, is a major cause of water dripping into the bathroom floor. The water temperature within the toilet tank is usually cold while the air in the bathroom is usually warmer. This difference in temperature often leads to a condition known as ‘sweating’ within the water closet. The problem can be detected by wiping the surface of the toilet tank and then waiting for some time to see if water condenses back on the surface.
Fixing The Problem of Condensation
The problem of ‘sweating’ is solved by fixing an anti-sweat valve to the toilet tank. The valve mixes the warm and cold water coming into the tank thereby reducing the temperature variation within and outside the tank.
Internal Water Closet Leakage
Water dripping from inside the tank can be diagnosed by adding organic colouring to the toilet tank. After adding the liquid, wait a little while to see if the coloured water will spills onto the floor. In the meantime, do not flush the appliance! If there are traces of coloured water on the floor, then you have some cracks leading from the inside all the way through to the outside. Finally, identify the exact location of the drip, from the rubber seals between the tank and bowl, any cracks on the porcelain tank or from the foam gasket.
Toilet Bowl and Tank Repairs
For this type of leakage, you need to replace the washers for the tank-to-bowl bolts. If the drip is beyond the bolts and the washers, the sponge gasket and the washers are replaced as necessary.
Cracked Bowl Repairs
Leaks that occur due to cracks in the toilet bowl are effectively solved simply replacing the bowl with a new one.
Faulty Shut-Off Valves
These types of dripping issues can be repaired by tightening the valve onto the pipe. However, if the water is coming from the connecting pipe beyond the shut-off valve, the valve will need a completed replacement.
Leaks In The Supply Line
For issues within the supply line, you should consider replacing the supply washers. Most plumbers carry spare washer within their work vehicles for such situations and will have no problems carrying out this maintenance work for you.
Cracks within Toilet Base
Leakage from underneath the water closet is easy to detect owing to the foul smell that will be emanating from the bathroom. The leakages are caused by bad waxing or blockages along the sewer line. This problem is overcome by re-sealing the broken bowl. Should the problem persist, replace the wax ring.
Damien McEvoy Plumbing proves quick, efficient solutions and repairs to all water closet issues including installation and replacement services. For a free quote give our team a call on (02) 8599 4593.