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Old 11-02-2008, 05:13 AM   #1
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HELP - Seriously leaking toilet

Our toilet on the second floor has a chain with a styrofoam ball on it (I have never seen one before) connected to the flusher, but when he toilet was flushed that ball got wedged between the water valve flap and the big ball (not sure what it is called) which is attached to a arm and rises as water enters back into the tank. This caused the toilet to run at full speed all day while I was at work. When I came home and the toilet was still running water had come through the ceiling below the toilet and floaded much of my down stairs below the toilet.
Once the styrofoam ball was unwedged the dripping from the ceiling eventually stopped and it has since dried. There was no water around the base of the toilet when this occured and I have NO idea how, why, or where the leak occured. Nor do I know whether once I replace the chain with the styrofoam ball and the toilet begins to work normal again, is there some type of unseen damage within my walls that I now have to be concerned with? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!


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Old 11-02-2008, 06:06 AM   #2
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If it flooded that bad you'll probably need to pull down the wet areas of the first floor ceiling and any insulation if any. Its got to have some air flow to dry out.

The toilet should have been able to run like that all day and not flood so you'll need to locate the source of the leak and correct that so it doesnt happen again. May be as simple as a partialy clogged line.

If you have homeowners insurance this may be a good time to take a look at a claim.


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Old 11-02-2008, 07:07 AM   #3
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If you file any claim on homeowners insurance, it goes to a central agency that tracks claims for all insurance companies. They get concerned especially about water-damage claims due to the potential for mold and mildew.
If you file a claim, make certain that you also get an "all clear" statement from a certified mold-and-mildew mitigation specialist for the record.
There have been a lot of water-damaged homes (NOT just in floods) that have become uninsurable due to mold and mildew. THAT can be a financial nightmare.
Good luck!
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Also, check any wiring that might have gotten wet. Water can cause corrosion to exposed copper (such as in a light fixture), leading to a problem later.

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