One often overlooked and easily fixed source of water leaks inside your home is your toilet. I thought I’d address this sneaky source of indoor mold and bacteria, because a toilet leak plagued our home too. This post will detail 7 ways to determine if your toilet is leaking, some tips on possible fixes, and advice on mitigating mold and bacteria if you have a leak.
I am writing this post, because a toilet leak, if left unfixed, can cause a huge mold and bacteria problem in your home. I cannot stress this enough. A leak at the base of the toilet is especially dangerous, because this is dirty toilet water actually leaking into your home. This is not clean water from the pipes, but sewage/waste water. Waste water, if allowed to sit anywhere, will contaminate your home and open your household up to disease, sickness and viruses.
I wish I had known to look out for this, especially when purchasing an older home. Many times, people don’t even know that they have this sort of toilet leak until they begin to smell sewer gas or start to see water leaking from an upstairs toilet on the ceiling below it.
If and when it reaches this point, you can be certain that you will need to do some kind of mold/bacteria remediation to preserve the health of your home and everyone in it. The idea is to find the problem BEFORE you have to call in professionals for health and safety reasons. Quick, regular inspections of all of your toilets and bathrooms, just a few times a year can prevent mold issues down the line.