We get asked this question quite often, usually by folks who know that waiting to fix a leaky toilet can result in seriously expensive repairs due to water damage. If you want to save some money and heartache in the long run, don’t wait to do something about that leak! The short answer to your question is yes, a handyman can help you fix your leaky toilet, but maybe you’re wondering if you always need a handyman for this kind of repair.
Let’s be frank, not all toilet leaks are the same. You may very well be able to repair the leak yourself with minimal expense, but in some case, you’ll absolutely benefit from hiring an experienced handyman to help you out. The first thing we’ll ask you if you call us with this problem is “where is the leak coming from?”
If the leak is coming from somewhere near the back of the tank, then you most likely will need to replace something within the kit in the back. Often it’s the the washers that attach the tank to the base, but the leak could also coming from the water supply line. If you’re fairly comfortable with home repair, you can probably do this yourself. Replacing the whole kit at once usually only costs around $20-$30 in parts.
If you’re not sure how to swap out the kit, there are plenty of good DIY resources online. Of course, we’re also happy to send a handyman to do it for you. If you’ve already picked up the parts, we can install them for you. We can also pick a kit up for you if you’re not sure what to buy.
Now, if the leak seems to be coming from underneath the toilet, it’s likely a problem with the wax ring. That means the whole toilet will have to be unseated and the wax ring replaced. If you’re not experience with taking your toilet apart, this is quite a more daunting task than just replacing parts in the tank. Unless you love the idea of spending a Saturday afternoon fixing a toilet, you should go ahead and call a handyman. Even if you are the home repair weekend warrior type, keep in mind that this is your toilet we’re talking about. If you’re pulling your toilet out, make sure you know how to put it back together!
Whether you decide to call a handyman or not, remember before beginning any toilet repair job, turn the water off at the shutoff valve! Oh, and if water is still running after you’ve shut the water off…? Make your life a little easier and just call a Budget Right handyman. We’ll be happy to come out and fix your shutoff valve and repair your leaky toilet all in one trip.
Recommendation: if it’s in the tank, you can probably fix it. Anywhere else, call a handyman.