Water pooling around the bottom of the toilet bowl is a clear indication that the wax seal around it is damaged. If there is a water leak around your toilet base, check to see if the toilet has shifted as this is the most common reason for a leaking toilet. Follow these 7 easy steps to fix your leaky toilet.

  1. First, sit on the toilet and twist it back into its original position.  If this doesn’t stop the leak, you may need to replace the wax ring.  Before you replace the ring, you’ll need to turn off the water to your toilet by closing the valve on your toilet or using your home’s main shut-off valve.
  2. Then, clean the toilet several times to remove any excess water from the bowl and the tank.  Wipe off the remaining water with a sponge, and disconnect the water supply tube to the toilet.
  3. Once the water is drained, you’ll need to unscrew the bowl from the ground using a wrench. Then, tilt the bowl forward and shake it from side to side to lift the toilet up from the floor.  Using a putty knife, carefully dispose of the old wax seal that is around the pipe on the floor.
  4. Add the new seal of wax or rubber seal around the hole, and place a new wax ring on the drainage horn. Apply plumber’s putty to the lower edge of the toilet base to complete sealing the toilet.
  5. Finally, reinstall the bowl and position it in such a way that the screws fit through the holes. Rotate the bowl slightly to make sure it is in the right place, pressing the bowl to the ground to seal it.   The trick to sealing the bowl is to sit on the toilet and rock back and forth, slightly. Don’t forget to tighten the nuts on the bolts while being seated! Also, be careful not to over tighten the bolts as you can break the porcelain.
  6. Next, relink the supply tube to the tank, and open the closing valve to let the tank fill back up with water.
  7. Flush several times to ensure everything works properly. Put on the seat cover and clean it.

Although knowing how to “do it yourself” can come handy in some situations, consulting a certified professional, such as Calgary Plumber, is always the most sensible choice when dealing with any plumbing work around your home. We recommend it.