Houses in Springfield, PA come from different eras – with century-old houses and modern units alike – and the plumbing in each house can vary according to the era when it was installed. You don’t need to be a plumbing expert to recognize water around your toilet as a potential problem, however. Water always indicates a leak, which means a good plumber can resolve the problem quickly and efficiently for you. It helps if you can understand what’s with the water around your toilet: how it got there and what the plumber needs to do to replace it.
The most common cause of a leaky toilet isn’t actually a leak. It’s a build-up of condensation on the outside of the toilet. This usually happens when higher temperatures outside the toilet contrast with the cool water in the toilet itself. A plumber can install tank liner or anti-condensation valves to solve the problem.
A more severe problem involves a leak coming from inside the toilet tank itself. It usually involves a component in the toilet apparatus which is cracked or worn out. (The shank gasket, for instance, located where the fill valve connects to the tank, or the tank-to-bowl sponge gasket.) You may also spot a leak in the main water line connecting your toilet to the larger plumbing system in your house. A professional plumber has the know-how to replace all of these faulty items with new ones. This can also be caused by a problem with the wax ring which seals the toilet to the waste pipe.
In the most severe cases, water around the base of the toilet indicates a crack in the porcelain fixture itself. In this case, the entire toilet may need to be replaced before the leak will stop, though in a few cases, the plumber might be able to seal the crack.
Regardless of the cause, a leaky toilet needs fixing quickly. Wm. Henderson Plumbing and Heating Inc. has the know-how to correct the problem the first time, every time. We’re based in the Springfield, PA area, and our trained experts can come to your home at your convenience. Call us today to set up an appointment, and let us get rid of those puddles around your toilet.