When your toilet is leaking, it can leave quite a mess on your floor. Even clean water from the tank can leave a mess that you don't want. When your toilet is leaking, you need to make the necessary repairs to prevent further issues and to prevent problems for you to have to repair. There are only a few places on your toilet that may be leaking, and if you look closely and inspect the toilet, you should be able to find what is leaking. Read on for what to check on your toilet to find the leak and what you can do to repair it.

The Tank And Bowl Connection

Your toilet may be leaking where the toilet and bowl connect. The water in the tank may be leaking through a crack or small opening where these two connect. This can occur when you put the tank on top of the bowl, and if you aren't careful, it can crack when you set the tank on the bowl. If you have a small crack, you may be able to seal the crack for the time being, but this is only a temporary fix. Try sealing it with silicone after you empty the tank and turn off the water. Again, this is only a temporary repair, you're going to need a new toilet installed in your bathroom.

The Water Line

Your toilet may be leaking where the water line connects to your toilet. Feel along the water line to see if you can feel water coming out of this line. Inspect the water line to see if you can tell if there is a hole in the line. If there isn't a hole, you should try to tighten the water hose. If tightening the water hose didn't repair the leak, you may have to replace the water hose altogether. Turn off the water going to the toilet, then remove the water hose and replace it with a new one. Don't over-tighten it to prevent breaking the connection.

The Tank Base

If the water is coming from the base of the tank and you have a soggy floor, it may be an issue with your wax ring. For this, you'll need to turn the water off to your toilet, then flush to remove all of the water from the tank and bowl. Once the water is gone, you can remove the toilet by unbolting the flange bolts.  Remove the toilet, then inspect the wax ring. If the wax ring is not in good shape, you need to replace it with a new one. Set the wax ring in place, then set your toilet back into place, replace the flange bolts and replace the water line. Test your work to be sure your toilet isn't leaking any longer.

If your toilet is leaking, it could be due to a few different reasons. Hire a professional plumber for your plumbing system repair if you aren't able to see where the water is leaking from or if you need a new toilet installed.