Posted in Blog  
  on Aug 10, 2014

How to Fix a Leaky Toilet Tank

It seems like there is always some sort of issue with the plumbing in your bathroom. A leaky toilet tank is one of the most common problems and you really do not need a professional plumber to correct the issue. Dealing with a leaky toilet tank does not really take skill, because all you have to do is follow a few steps and it will likely be repaired with ease. Why not just give fixing your leaky toilet tank a try on your own? It will save you money and you will learn a new plumbing skill along the way.

What Tools Do You Need?

Fixing a leaky toilet tank is not really a complex task. However, you will need to have a few common tools on hand to help you get the job done properly. The tools that you will likely need include a screwdriver, adjustable wrench, wire brush, sponge, white vinegar and a few rags. It might also be a good idea to go to your local hardware store and pick up a few tank bolt gaskets and washers before you get started. This is due to the fact that most leaky toilet tank problems are caused by rubber gaskets and tank bolts that need to be changed. Over time hard minerals in the water can cause these parts to deteriorate.

Where To Start?

When you get started it is always a good idea to make sure that you turn off the shutoff valve that is under the tank. In order to turn it off properly, you will need to move the valve in a clockwise motion. Draining the tank of any water can be done by flushing the toilet and then using rags to wipe up what is left. Next, you can use the wrench to hold onto one of the nuts that is on the tank bolt. You will then begin to unscrew the bolts using your screwdriver that is on hand.

Once you have removed the old washer and bolt gaskets, you can then begin to insert the news ones that you have purchased form the hardware store. Be sure that you tighten them correctly and make sure that they are in place.

Check Your Handy Work

Once you have finished installing the new parts, you can put your toilet tank back together and then check out your handy work.


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