Is your toilet leaking? In my experience we see on a daily basis different leaking toilet problems. Depending on what type of water leak your toilet is suffering from you could be wasting a few hundred litres of water a day.
Toilet Leaking Into The Bowl
Most of the modern toilets are called a close coupled toilet and pan. They are designed to overflow internally into the toilet bowl. This is the type of wasting water mentioned above and it may be happening without you even noticing it. Do you have a modern toilet fitted with a push button flushing mechanism? This type of water leak can be hard to spot; on closer inspection you may notice a constant trickle of water running down the toilet bowl even when the toilet has not been flushed.
Other related plumbing problems are the internal control vale in the toilet cistern which is called a siphon when closed is letting water pass through it into the toilet bowl. This siphon may have to be replaced as it could be suffering damage from lime scale. We have often seen the ball valves fail allowing the water level in the toilet cistern to rise to high and then start to overflow into the toilet bowl.
Please check that the water leak on the floor is just not a simple case of condensation. You can be surprised how much water can condense on your toilet cistern as the air around it is both humid and warm.
Toilet Leaking Onto The Floor
Again you may a modern close coupled toilet and pan fitted and found to be leaking onto your floor. If your toilet is leaking onto the floor you will very quickly notice water pooling on your floor. This situation is quite common and the causes vary, it may be a case that that the plumbing pipe-work and fittings at the back of the toilet bowl is fractured and now leaking. Another typical scenario is that the toilet bowl has become loose and now causing the toilet to leak water. The cistern or toilet bowl has a hair line crack and again is now leaking water. The plumbing connections underneath the toilet cistern may be loose and now leaking water. When you flush the toilet water may be leaking out from between were the cistern and toilet bowl meet.
Low Level Toilet
You may have installed an older type cistern and pan fitted this will have a flush pipe connection from the cistern to the back of the toilet pan. Again you could see a pool of water present on the floor. This cistern or toilet pan could have present a hair line crack and again is now leaking water. The flush pipe could be leaking usually were it connects in the back of the toilet pan Again the toilet pan may have become loose and now causing the toilet to leak water. The plumbing connections underneath the toilet cistern may be loose and now leaking water.
When you see water overflowing from a plumbing pipe, this indicates that you have got a plumbing problem. In my experience the problem may be with one of your existing ball valve. If it’s the case that the problem is with one of your existing ball vales in your toilet cistern. Then you will notice that water is overflowing from your toilet external overflow pipe. You may be required to have your existing ball valve replaced.
What is happening is that the existing ball valve has become faulty and is now allowing the water level to rise thus causing the water to flow out of your overflow pipe. The main case of the failure of the ball valve to overflow is that dirt has entered the ball valve and stopped the vale from closing of the supply of water at the correct level.
Help Is At Hand
There is no job either too big or too small for our emergency plumbers. Please do not allow a leaking toilet to escalate into a much bigger problem that may cause damage to your property.