At Carolina Plumbing & Repair, one of the most frequent problems that we get called to deal with is leaky toilets. If your toilet is leaking, you can count on our experts to identify the source of the problem and provide the effective repairs you need. In this article, our team will go over a few common causes of leaky toilets so that you have a better idea of what might be going on with yours.
- A Broken Float Assembly- One potential culprit behind your leaky toilet is a broken or loose float assembly. The float assembly is the mechanism inside your toilet that controls water flow into and out of the bowl. Problems with this mechanism can lead to a slow leak that causes your water bill to rise or sudden overflows that leave water all over your bathroom floor.
- Cracked Porcelain- Another possible cause of toilet leaks is cracks in the bowl or tank. In most cases, the crack will start out very fine, causing an almost imperceptible leak, but will gradually widen over time as the water erodes the material. If you notice the problem early enough, it’s possible that a plumber may be able to seal the crack and resolve the leak that way, but if the problem is severe enough, your best option is likely to replace the toilet altogether.
- Pipe Problems- A third common cause of leaky toilets is a problem not with the toilet itself, but with the pipes. If your pipes become clogged, the water pressure can build up and cause the pipes to break, which leads to the leaks that you see. In addition, older metal pipes can rust and wear away over time—the rust will eventually eat all the way through the metal, causing the water to spill out.
If you have a leaky toilet at your home or business, give us a call today to get our expert plumbers on the job.