Leaking Toilet in Chapel Hill

Have you ever had a toilet that seems to run water constantly, even when it hasn’t been used for hours? Most of the time it’s a bad flapper valve that leaks water from the tank into the bowl, which triggers the tank to fill again. This is an easy fix and typically doesn’t result in any serious damage.

But toilets can have other problems, that aren’t so noticeable. If you notice the water level in the bowl is low but fills normally after a flush, you may have a leak around the bottom seal, where the toilet meets the floor. The water can leak into the floorboards and wall structure, and in the case of an upstairs bathroom, into the ceiling of the room below.

A slow leak will start doing damage to the inside of walls and floor long before you see any visible signs, like bubbled or discolored paint. You may even notice an odd smell in your house, but won’t be able to pinpoint where it’s coming from. Once the signs are apparent, the problem is like an iceberg, much much bigger just below the surface. Mold, mildew, wood rot, and soggy sheetrock can be hidden, and require major repairs once the symptoms begin to show.

If your home has been damaged by a leaking toilet, call us today at 919-467-1991. We’re trained, certified professionals, and can help you determine exactly how bad the damage is, and work with your insurance company to remove any affected structure and rebuild it, good as new.

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