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Old 02-17-2009, 02:35 AM   #1
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Hey, I was trying to help out my parents. Their toilet has a leak, a pretty substantial one, it's not from the supply line and it leaks without flushing, so I don't think it's the wax ring. Any ideas?

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Old 02-17-2009, 07:02 AM   #2
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Could be the gasket between the tank and bowl, or a crack in the unit. Sorry, but you were a little "light" on info. Do you know what basic area of the toilet the water is leaking from? Is it leaking out onto the floor or going down the drain piping?

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I'm not really sure, as I was saying it's at my parents house. Unfortunately they aren't able to really give me much details. Any ideas on what could cause a fairly large leak other than a leak in a supply line? It doesn't happen all the time either is the odd thing. I looked at it today and of course it wouldn't really leak. There was however the world's smallest drip off of one of the bolts beneath the tank.
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Sounds like the tank bolt washer's. Replace all the tank bolts and washers. That is most likely where the leak is coming from.
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Since it seems to be leaking from the tank then. As stated, change out the tank bolts and washers and since you will have it disassembled, change the gasket between the tank and bowl. Less than a $10 repair.
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I reckon Dad's probably leaned on the back of the toilet whilst reading the daily thus loosening the bolts. If you change as suggested above, be extremely careful tightening the bolt or you will crack the tank.
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Thanks for the advice! I will get that done on my next day off!
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I would start at the tank and work my way down. See where the water hits the floor. I do this with paper towl and look for where the puddle starts.
I had a fill tube spraying off my tank lid and dripping down the wall sometimes.... But each time I took the lid off without flushing and replaced it I found nothing. When the lid was pushed back to the wall the water ran along the lid and dripped down, but ONLY then.
I cut drywall behind the toilet, opened up at the water mark on the ceiling below looking for a drip, pulled the toilet, removed braided lines and could not find the obvious until I found it by fluke.

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