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How and Why Is My Toilet Leaking?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Sewer backups and toilet leaks are some of the more frustrating water damages to happen to your home or business since a good majority of the time the water from these kinds of leaks is considered blackwater and highly contaminated. This makes cleanup more difficult compared to other kinds of water damage. Today, we wanted to share with you some common causes of toilet leaks in hopes that you’ll be able to help prevent them from happening to you.

Pipes – Impurities in the water, and time in general can corrode metal pipes and cause them to rust out and break. While these leaks are harder to prevent since it is not really possible to check the insides of every water pipe, regular inspections of your home or business can help to identify small leaks or damage before they turn into bigger issues.

Tank/Bowl – These are pretty durable, but over time can weaken and what was once a hairline crack in the bowl can expand with stress and time. If you see any cracks or chipping in your toilet bowl or tank it’s likely a good idea to consider replacing the toilet before it gets worse.

Fill Valve – This is what controls the flow of water that refills the tank after you flush if not functioning properly the valve will not shut off the flow of water and the toilet will constantly run. This is problematic for many reasons including a high water bill, as well is if the toilet clogs the water can overflow and won’t stop running.

Flush Valve – This is what allows water to flow into the bowl after you flush. Over time the seals on these valves can degrade. This can lead to continuously running toilets or leaks if left alone.

Toilet leaks and sewer backups are water damages that should be left to a professional to handle. Water damage of this kind can be harmful if not properly handled. If your home or business experiences water damage from a toilet or of any other kind, do not delay and give SERVPRO of Chesterfield and SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus a call. Time is of the essence when water damage is involved and the longer you wait, the worse it can get.

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