Got a leaky toilet, is that drip keeping you awake? It is helpful to know the reasons of a leaky toilet so you can get it fixed right away.
Cracked Tank – The tank of the toilet is where the water flows when you flush the toilet. If the tank has a crack in it, you need to replace it before water begins leaking all over the place.
Rusty Pipes – Another reason for a leaky toilet is a rusty pipe. Rust results from corrosion and can cause your toilet to leak.
Cracked Bowl/Pan – If you notice that the bowl of your toilet is cracked, you need to call a professional to replace your leaky toilet right away. If you don’t, it can cause major damage to your home.
Toilet flange – The toilet flange is at the base of the toilet unit where it connects with the floor and the piping that runs into the sewer. It is a circular flat piece of rubber, PVC or metal that has holes drilled in at intervals. Bolts go through the holes to hold the toilet tight to the floor. An indication of a broken toilet flange is seen when some liquid pools around the base of the toilet and the toilet when shaken gently rocks back and forth. It should be checked to see that the seeping water is not coming from a loose tube, faulty valve, cracked water tank or the toilet bowl.
Flush seat of ball valve/ballcock – If you hear your toilet refilling too often, or if you hear the steady hiss of running water, the flapper may be leaking. The flapper (aka “flush valve seal”) is the plug that falls against the drain hole (flush valve drain seat) on the bottom of the tank and holds water in until the next time you flush.
If you have a plastic arm to the ballcock then it is possible that the adjusting screw has moved slightly. To correct it slacken the lock nut a couple of turns and screw the adjustment bolt in, until the water shuts of completely when the cistern is at its normal level, then re tighten the lock-nut.
If you have the old metal wire type arm, then simply bend it SLIGHTLY downwards
If you wait too long to repair your toilet, you could end up with major property damage that could end up costing you more money in the long run.