Cracked Toilet? Replace or Repair?
Having a problem with your pipes in a crawl space is one thing. That’s a clear-cut issue and the remedy is appropriate and safe: call a plumbing professional to come in and deal with it. A leak from a cracked toilet, on the other hand, is something that you might be able to deal with. A cracked toilet produces a leak that can cause many problems in the bathroom. It can be difficult to tell if it’s a crack you can fix, if it’s something a professional should handle or if a toilet replacement is necessary.
Problem Indicators With a Cracked ToiletDo you notice any of these issues?
- Water pooling around the toilet
- The tank isn’t holding water or the fill mechanism is constantly running
- The bowl itself isn’t holding water
How to Fill a Crack in a Toilet
- Locate the crack.
- Shut off the water and drain the tank or toilet bowl, whichever area contains the crack. Completely dry the area.
- Check for additional cracks or those that may radiate from the existing one.
- Use plumber’s epoxy to fill in the crack.
- Let the epoxy cure for at least 24 hours before allowing water to fill the toilet again and then test the repair carefully.