How to fix a leaky toilet. Step by step.
Turn Water OFF. Usually just turn shut-off valve the angle stop off. The Water Stop.
- Remove the toilet and remove the old wax ring and set new wax ring (wear rubber gloves). And install New toilet bolts. And a New Water Supply Line.
- If the toilet rocks back and forth or side to side place rubber shims on the side of toilet (One side only) so it won’t rock. If you have a torpedo level use it to level out the toilet or make it balanced.
- Connect the toilet and seal base with caulking.
- Check for leaks. And check again for leaks.
Also use the Instructions of the toilet which come for a more in depth step by step manual. Also see the other posts on recommended toilets. etc.. And make sure to use plastic gloves or neoprene gloves.
Also check around the toilet tank to make sure the leak is not leaking from the toilet tank bolts to toilet bowl. And also check again the water supply line for any leaks.
While many persons may not use a new Water Supply Line but opt for using the old one. I will mention the reasons I prefer to use a new water supply and always a new wax ring and toilet bolts.
The Water Supply line has rubber ends at first they are concave or like a pyramid so it provides a good seal. But once these rubber seals are broken they can leak if reused. The rubber cone becomes compressed.
As far as the wax ring this is self explanatory it made of wax and will get compressed. The toilet bolts unless they are in really Good Shape. And difficult to remove and are in still really good shape, that's the key. I sometimes will leave the toilet bolts.
But their again it really is better to always remove them and replace the toilet bolts. Also, One last thing check everything a couple more times.
I always recommend to let a professional do the work.
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