Find & Repair Hidden Plumbing Leaks
These leaks occur where the toilet meets the waste pipe below. They allow water to seep out at every flush, which will wreck flooring, rot the subfloor and joists, and damage the ceiling below. Signs of trouble - Water seeping out around the base of the toilet. Loose or damaged flooring. Stains on the ceiling below. A toilet that rocks slightly when you push against it. This movement will eventually break the wax seal between the toilet and the closet flange.
- Be aware of water near your toilet
- Hidden leaks are hard to find
- Check for signs regularly
- Flange could be too old and dry
Find & Repair Hidden Plumbing Leaks Now
How to find the source - If you have ceiling stains, measure from stacked walls before you go through the hassle of removing the toilet. If the stain is near the toilet, a leaking flange is the most likely source. Remove the toilet and look for these leak sources, the flange is level with or below the surrounding floor surface. Cracks in the flange, Bolts or the slots they fit into are broken, The flange is loose, not screwed solidly to the subfloor. How to fix it - If you don't find any of the problems listed above, reinstall the toilet with a new wax ring. If the flange is too low, install a plastic flange riser over the existing flange. If the flange or bolt slots are broken, install a metal repair flange. If the toilet rocks because the floor is uneven, slip toilet shims under the toilet when you reinstall it.