We know toilets can cause some pretty annoying problems. Sometimes a clog will slow the flushing process, or a chance that it may overflow. The chain inside the tank may disconnect from the flapper, not allowing a full flush. It might seem that most of the issues come from inside the bowl or in the tank, but that isn’t always the case.

When you find water on the floor around the toilet, however, that could mean that your toilet is leaking from the base. This is one problem that should not be ignored, and if it isn’t taken care of quick enough, then it will lead to more problems.

Finding water leaking from the base of the toilet typically means that water has breached the wax rim that seals the toilet bowl to the drainpipe. To find out if this is the case, you first should determine if there really is a leak. Often condensation can form on or around the toilet bowl, which could lead to a small pool around the base. 

To find out for sure if there is a leak, clear the water away from the base and give your toilet a test flush. If there is no water, then there is no leak. But if water reappears, see if you can eliminate a loose water line or faulty shut-off valve as the culprit. If it is neither of those, then you have a leak at the base of the bowl.

You should next look at the bolts that connect the toilet to the floor. At the base, there are two bolts that have wax ring seals beneath them, and if they are not watertight, it will cause a leak. Carefully tighten those bolts to ensure a proper connection, and test flush the toilet again. No more leak? Then the problem is solved.

Still water? This now means that your wax rings need to be replaced. To do so, the whole toilet needs to be uninstalled in order to get to the parts. It is possible for a comfortable or knowledgeable homeowner to tackle this problem as a DIY project, but most of the time it is safer to have a trusted repairer or professional handle the issue.

Leaks are possible at nearly every junction of the toilet, but a leak at the base can be incredibly tricky. For help in identifying and fixing your toilet’s leak, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.