A leak in the shutoff valve connecting a toilet's hose to its tank is definitely not something minor. The slow drip of water from the valve ends up accumulating rather quickly on the bathroom floor. In addition to causing the tiles and caulking to rot, the water could leak through the floor into the downstairs ceiling. The result is more damage and costlier repairs. Deliberate action is necessary to get the plumbing situation under control.
Determine the Direction of the Leak
The leak could be due to water pressure coming up from the plumbing system into the tank or the water might be leaking down from the tank. Turn the valve off and flush the toilet twice to be sure there is no water in the tank. Wipe the wet valve bone dry with a towel. If no further water drips down from the tank, then the leak is temporarily addressed until a plumber arrives.
Is there still a leak? The main valve controlling the plumbing to the bathroom has to be shut off since the water flowing up to the toilet's tank is causing the drip. A shutoff, however, may require cutting off water throughout the house. If this is unacceptable, another short-term strategy could be done.
Catch the Leak
Placing a small baking pan underneath the toilet's valve should catch the leak, provided the pan can fit properly. Considering the limited amount of space between the valve and the floor and the toilet's position against a wall, a little creativity is required to make the necessary fit. Get some tinfoil. Position wrapped tinfoil under the valve and create a funnel to the pan. This way, the water drips down along the tinfoil and into the pan. Put a towel underneath the pan. If a small amount of water escapes the pan, the towel will absorb the moisture.
Call a Plumber
DIY guides often suggest a loose valve is the common cause of the leak. Tightening the valve's nut with a wrench is a suggested solution. Unless you are a skilled plumber, don't do this. Turning too much could break the valve, leading to high-pressure water shooting out creating a plumbing emergency. Besides, you do not even know if a loose nut is the real cause for the leak. The valve may be showing the early signs of corrosion and should be replaced. An experienced plumber will be capable of assessing the problem and arriving at the necessary and appropriate fix. Contact a company like Newman's Plumbing Service and Repair LLC for help with problems like this.Share
12 November 2015
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.