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Common Causes of a Leaking Toilet: Part One

Common Causes of a Leaking Toilet: Part One

Leaking toilets can be unsanitary and cause water damage to your bathroom’s floor and walls while also increasing your home’s monthly water bill.

Toilets are one of the most important fixtures in our homes. They require minimum maintenance and provide us with service year-round. However, when toilets do malfunction, water leaks are often the cause. Leaking toilets can be unsanitary and cause water damage to your bathroom’s floor and walls while also increasing your home’s monthly water bill. Listed below are three common causes of toilet leaks.

Damaged Flapper

Over time, the flapper in your toilet can warp, crack, or break. When your flapper breaks, it’s no longer able to control the water flowing between your toilet’s tank and bowl, causing what plumbers refer to as a silent leak where water leaks from your tank into the bowl. Leaks caused by a broken flapper can often be identified by water sounds coming from your toilet after flushing or an increased water bill. Fortunately, broken flappers are easy and affordable to fix. With the right parts and tools, you can easily remove and install a new flapper in your toilet’s tank.

Cracked Water Line

Water supply lines are essential for regulating water flow from your toilet’s tank. When a water supply line is functioning properly, the line is a closed system that keeps air out and water in. However, due to age, high water pressure, and other factors, your supply line can crack, causing a leaking toilet, which can ultimately lead to flooding if left untreated. If you’re experiencing a broken or cracked water line, promptly contact your local plumber for assistance.

Damaged Tank

Another reason for a leaking toilet is a damaged tank. A toilet holds water inside its tank to refill the bowl when needed. However, if you’re beginning to notice water on the floor around your toilet, there’s a possibility you have a cracked or broken tank. While putty and sealants can temporarily repair a damaged toilet, the best course of action is to install a replacement toilet to prevent future leaking if you have a broken or cracked toilet tank. 


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

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