The flush toilet: a modern marvel, right? Sure, except when it's not working properly.
Toilet leaks can be tricky to pinpoint: it could be the flapper, the tank seal or the wax ring. I have an easy way for you to locate the leak and fix the problem in seconds flat.
First, take the top off of the tank and put a few drops of food coloring in the water. Leave a note on the toilet that no one should use it.
Let an hour or two pass, then check to see where the colored water has ended up.
If the colored water has found its way into the bowl, your flapper valve is leaking and probably needs to be replaced. Before you replace it, try lifting up the flapper and scrubbing the inside seat with some white vinegar there may just be some mineral deposits preventing you from getting a tight seal.
If the colored water is dripping out the back of the toilet by the pipes, you need to replace the seal between the toilet's tank and its bowl.
Flush the toilet. If the water pools up at the base of the toilet, the wax ring is cracked and needs to be replaced.
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