How To Fix A Toilet Leaking At Base In Washington DC

One of the most common plumbing problems you’ll encounter at home is a leaking toilet at base. However, fixing this is relatively easy. Inspect first if the porcelain toilet bowl has cracks. This can be done by putting food coloring in the toilet bowl water. Leave it there for a few minutes. If you see colored water leaks on the floor near the toilet bowl, then the bowl is cracked and needs to be replaced. However, if you see no water leaks from the bowl, then probably the wax ring needs some checking. The wax ring sits between the drain and the toilet. The good news is, replacing the leaky wax ring is a quick project that you can do yourself!  Check out my DIY guide on how to fix a toilet leaking at base in Washington DC.

Dry it Up!

You can begin the project by cleaning up the current leak and ensure that the floor around your toilet is dry and clean.


To reposition the toilet wax ring, you need to remove the plastic caps located at the base of the toilet using a flathead screwdriver. Tighten the floor bolts using a crescent wrench and flush the toilet. See if there are water leaks, if not, then you have fixated the wax ring well and sealed the drain connection. This, however, is a symptom of broken wax ring. If at some point in the future the water leaks again, then you now need to remove the toilet bowl from the floor and replace the wax ring.


In the event that the wax ring needs replacement, a purchase for a wax ring kit from your local hardware is necessary. The kit includes a wax ring, new floor bolts, nuts, and washers. Read this article on how to replace a toilet wax ring to successfully accomplish this task.

If you think that this task is heavy on your end, try calling a local Washington DC plumbing company and let their crew fix the throne for you. Watch this video that features a local plumber’s fast toilet repair services!