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What to do if the toilet is leaking at the base ?

If you have a toilet that is leaking at the base, it's important to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage to your bathroom floor and potential water damage to your home. Here are the steps you should take if your toilet is leaking at the base:

  1. Turn off the water supply: Locate the water shut-off valve behind the toilet and turn it off. This will prevent more water from flowing into the toilet and causing more damage.

  2. Empty the bowl and tank: Flush the toilet and use a plunger or bucket to remove as much water as possible from the bowl and tank.

  3. Inspect the wax ring: The wax ring is a seal between the toilet and the waste pipe. It's common for leaks to occur when the wax ring is damaged or deteriorating. Look for signs of damage, such as cracks or breaks, and replace the wax ring if necessary.

  4. Tighten the bolts: The toilet is secured to the floor with bolts at the base. If these bolts are loose, it can cause the toilet to wobble and damage the wax ring. Tighten the bolts to ensure the toilet is secure.

  5. Test for leaks: Turn the water supply back on and let the toilet fill up. Check for any signs of leaks at the base of the toilet. If you still notice leaks, it's best to call a plumber to identify and fix the issue.

By following these steps, you can address a leaking toilet at the base and prevent further damage to your bathroom and home.

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