Waking up or coming home to find water on the floor around the toilet is not a pleasant experience. When did it start? Will it ruin the ceiling downstairs? Often a sort of panic sets in, and then there is a race to call the plumber.
But before calling a plumber, you may be able to find the problem and, in a couple of cases, fix it yourself. Here are 5 things that could be the cause of water on the floor around your toilet.
1. Disconnected Supply Tube In The Toilet Tank
If the water tube in your toilet tank comes loose, whether from water pressure or a poor connection when installed, water can spray against the bottom of the lid and run down the tank. You’d think this would be easily visible, but often it runs down the back or sides where it is difficult to see. If you lift the tank lid after flushing and water is spraying everywhere, that’s probably your problem.
2. Damaged Tank-to-Bowl Bolts
Most toilet tanks are connected to the bowl by two or three bolts. These bolts can corrode and eventually leak with age. Sometimes they just loosen and need to be retightened, but chances are they have corroded and you will need to call a plumber to replace them.
3. A Leak On The Shut-off Valve Or Supply Tube
The water supply pipe coming up from the floor, or out of the wall, usually has a shut-off valve where you can turn off the water to the toilet and a supply line from the valve to the toilet. If you run your hand over the pipe or valve and it seems wet, run your hand over the bolts and the tank above. If these are not wet, the supply tube or valve is most likely the problem.
4. A Broken Flange
Does your toilet seem to rock or move when someone sits on it? This could be the result of a broken toilet flange, which holds your toilet to the floor. This will definitely require a plumber.
5. It’s Not Water
That’s right. Guys sometimes miss the bowl. Often the plumber called because of water on the floor around the toilet finds it’s not water, it’s urine. If there is a male in your household, this is always a possibility.
One last thing: when checking to see what the problem is, always start at the top and work your way down. If you find water dripping high on the toilet, on the tank, you know it’s not a loose flange or a leak on the shut-off valve. This will help you isolate the leak and figure out whether you can fix it yourself or if there is a need to call a plumber.