This is a good project that you can do yourself.  Of course, if you need some help, Morgan Leak Detection can come out to assist.  But the wax ring under a toilet is something that you can buy at a local hardware store and if you follow these simple steps, you shouldn't have any problems.

Part 1

  1. Be sure to shut off the water supply. You might be able to do this at the toilet, but you might need go into the crawl space or basement to cut off the water.
  2. Flush the toilet once or twice to empty the tank and bowl.
  3. Use a sponge to soak up and remove any remaining water in the tank and bowl
  4. Remove the caps over the nuts that hold the base of the bowl to the floor.
  5. Remove the nuts. You might need to use penetrating oil and pliers.
  6. Disconnect the water supply line.
  7. Gently rock the toilet back and forth to break the seal and any caulking present. Use care to grip the bowl and not the tank. If you grab the tank, you could break or crack the tank where it is bolted to the bowl.
  8. Remove the remnants of the old seal from both mating surfaces. Go to Part 2.


Part 3

  1. Unwrap the new wax seal, and place it over the flange on the floor with the round side up, exactly centered over the opening. Be sure both bolts are in place.
  2. Lift the toilet and place it over the flange and seal, keeping the toilet as level as possible.
  3. Sit on the toilet to help the new seal do its actual sealing.
  4. Ensure the bowl is level.
  5. Replace the nuts removed earlier. Tighten the nuts by hand to avoid cracking the base of the bowl.
  6. Reconnect water line.
  7. Turn on water supply to let tank fill. 
  8. Flush and check for leaks.
  9. Apply silicone caulk as needed to junction of bowl and floor.

Part 2

  1. Unwrap the new wax seal, and place it over the flange on the floor with the round side up, exactly centered over the opening. Be sure both bolts are in place.
  2. Lift the toilet and place it over the flange and seal, keeping the toilet as level as possible.
  3. Sit on the toilet to help the new seal do its actual sealing.
  4. Ensure the bowl is level.
  5. Replace the nuts removed earlier. Tighten the nuts by hand to avoid cracking the base of the bowl.
  6. Reconnect water line.
  7. Turn on water supply to let tank fill. 
  8. Flush and check for leaks.
  9. Apply silicone caulk as needed to junction of bowl and floor.

 We all need to do our part to conserve water.  Especially in the Summer in Fort Worth Texas, where rain is rare.  Here are some tips to help your water bill:

1. Make sure you don't have any leaks in your pipes or worn out faucet washers.  A small drip can waste 20 gallons a day, and a larger leak can waste hundreds.

 

2. Check your water meter.  Read the meter before you leave the house for a few hours.  When you come home check it again.  If the meter does not read the exact same, there is a leak.

 

3.  Insulate your water pipes with pre slit foam pipe insulation.  You'll get hot water faster, and avoid wasting water while it heats up.

 

4.  Buy an adjustable toilet flapper that allows for adjustment of per flush use.

 

5. Install water saving shower heads.  Long hot showers can use 5-10 gallons every unneeded minute. A low flow shower head will use about 2.5 gallons per minute.  

 

 A dip in the hot tub is a good way to relieve the stress of a long day.  Don't increase your stress by getting a bacterial infection.

A whirlpool circulates water but some water will become trapped in the tubing and that creates a great place for bacteria to grow.  Even when you drain the tub and clean it, the stagnate water will remain in the tubes.

Here are tips to keep your hot tub in great shape:

1.Close the air intake valves and fill the tub with the hottest water possible.  Make sure to fill it a few inches above the jets.

2.  Add 1/2 cup bleach and a few squirts of liquid dishwasher detergent, like cascade. Then open the air intake valve and run the jets on full blast.  Let it run for 10-15 minutes.

3.  Drain tub and fill it again with cold water to rinse.  Let it run again for 10-15 minutes.  Then drain and wipe down tub.

 

ALL CLEAN!!

                                                                                                    Did You Know


Leaving the water running while you brush your teeth can consume
  • 3+ gallons of water each time?

A leaky faucet can waste
  • 7+ gallons of water each day?

Running only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine can save
  • 75-200 gallons of water per week?

Taking a bath instead of a shower can increase water consumption by
  • 20-25  gallons (or more) each session?

Keeping bottled water in the refrigerator (preferably in a reusable container) can save

  • 200-300 gallons of water each month?

Water saving shower heads save
  • 1,000 gallons of water each month?

A pin hole sized leak in a water pipe wastes
  • 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of water (or more) each day?
Your "Personal Plumbing Professionals" at Morgan Leak Detection and Plumbing are your best resource for ways to conserve
precious water and energy resources.  We take pride in our support for and ability to service emerging plumbing
technology that is designed to help all of us live greener lives and preserve our natural resources for future
generations without compromising fixture or appliance functionality.

 We have been experiencing record breaking drought conditions in Fort Worth and Dallas.  This can result in a record number of water leaks for homeowners as the drought conditions can cause slabs to crack.

 

How can you tell if you may have a slab leak?

Here are some things to monitor the house for possible water leaks:

1.  When your toilet is flushing and no one is near the toilet.  Don't worry, you don't have an invisible person living with you, it is just a water leak.

 

2. Water is leaking into your toilet when water is moving from the tank to the bowl and no one is flushing it.

 

3.Another method of detecting a water leak in the toilet is to add food coloring into the tank.  if you see color in the bowl after a few minutes then you have a leak.  Morgan Leak Detection can help you fix it.

 

4.  Since most water pipes are located inside of walls and floors, those are more difficult to spot.  If you notice that your carpet or walls or ceiling have a discolored spot, then you may have a leak.  You may also have a messy toddler, or a new puppy, but if you have neither or those, then you probably have a leak.

 

5.If you notice unusual wet patches in your yard or flower bed, then you may have a leak.

 

6.  You should also monitor your water bill.  If you have an unusually high bill with normal water usage, then you can call Morgan Leak Detection to test your house for possible leaks.

 

Water leaks only worsen with time.  It is best to get it checked out right away before more damage is done.  Early detection and repair will save you money and prevent damage to your house.

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