What To Do With a Leaking Toilet
An old, leaking toilet in your commercial building can be more than annoying. When the leaking water begins to seep into the flooring materials, it can lead to mold growth, warped wood, and structural weakness. You may also find that you're paying more for water each month. There are several possible causes for the leak:
- Faulty seals
- Broken toilet tank
- Worn out joints in the supply line
- Damaged washer, bolts, or flapper
- Trouble with the shutoff valve
It's often hard to determine the exact cause of trouble without removing the entire toilet, and you may avoid some of this hassle by contacting SERVPRO professionals who are Here to Help whenever you need them.
Gather Supplies and Shut Off the Water
If you do decide to replace the leaking toilet, begin by gathering the necessary equipment, including an adjustable wrench, some screwdrivers, a putty knife, and a large rag. You may also need a hacksaw and something to protect your floor from the old toilet. Turn off the water before you take any toilet repair steps. You should also drain water out of the tank and bowl of the toilet.
Remove and Replace the Toilet
Next, remove the caps covering closed bolts and remove the nuts that keep the toilet in place. Lifting from underneath the bowl, move the old toilet out of your way. Remove the wax gasket by loosening the screws and then replace it with a new gasket. After attaching the new toilet to the water supply, carefully position it and tighten the nuts and bolts to hold it in place. Doublecheck all seals before turning the water back on.
As a property owner, you may find that the best way to avoid further damage, including mold and water damage, is to hire a professional water remediation company to handle the cleanup and repairs caused by a leaking toilet. Remember that SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster in Ogden, UT.