A toilet supply line leak is one of the many ways a loo can run amok. The line runs from just under the tank and attaches to the water line on the wall or floor. Fixing a toilet supply line leak can be simple and requires only basic tools.
If the supply line is dripping, you’ll see water pooling on the floor near the toilet. To find the leak, run your fingers or a rag along all the connections of the supply line.
Whether you decide to do the repair yourself or call a plumber for help, it’s good to have an overview before the work gets underway. Remember to turn off the water before starting work.
Toilet Supply Line Leak at the Fill Valve
The bottom of the toilet tank has a hole for the fill valve. This valve replenishes the supply of water to the tank after a flush. There are two nuts near the fill valve.
- Fill valve nut: The inlet nut holds the valve in place. If this valve loosens, water will drip from the tank. Using your hand, tighten the nut. Then use a wrench to tighten the nut a bit more. Take care not to overtighten. Turn the water back on and flush the toilet to test your work. If the line continues to leak, you may need to replace a washer in the nut.
- The supply line nut: The supply line itself also has a nut that attaches to the valve. Try tightening this nut with your hand, then carefully tighten it a little more with a wrench. These nuts are sometimes easily damaged, so be careful. If the nut is damaged or the leak continues, you can install a new supply line. A supply line generally costs less than $10.
Leaks at the Shut-off-Valve and Water Line
Water can also drip where the supply line connects to the water line or at the shut-off valve.
- Connection at the water line: Find this connection near the wall. There are two different types of connections at the water line. One type is a compression nut and the other is threaded. Use a wrench to carefully tighten a compression nut. For a threaded connection, the supply line will need to be removed before tightening the nut. For each type of connection, check for leaks by turning the water back on. Continue alternating between tightening and testing, until the leak stops.
- The shut-off valve: Is water coming out from the under the shut-off valve? Look for the nut under the handle. Stabilize the valve with pliers while you use a wrench to tighten the nut. Stop turning when the water stops leaking or when the nut is tight. If the drip continues after snugging up the connection, the valve may need to be disassembled and a new washer installed. If the valve is old, consider replacing it entirely.
Simpson Plumbing can help you repair or replace your leaking toilet whatever the cause. Give us a call to schedule a visit.