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What you'll need:
Kit of nuts, bolts, and washers
Rust protector (to prolong the life of your tank bolts)
If you discover water leaking from your toilet tank bolts—you’ll want to address the leak immediately to stop any damage from occurring. Whether you’re handy with bathroom fixtures or if you need to find a plumber near you, we’ve come up with five steps to ensure your toilet leak gets fixed fast and efficiently.
5 Steps to Fix a Toilet Leaking From Tank Bolts
We recommend that only experienced homeowners with plumbing knowledge take the lead for this project. Those that are skillful can locate toilet tank bolts by lifting the lid of the toilet tank—you’ll see two tank bolts that run from the bottom of the toilet tank to connecting holes in the toilet bowl.
Leaking toilet tank bolts are typically a sign that the bolts or the washers—the part that secures the bolts from the tank to the bowl—are damaged, misaligned, or cracked.
Figure Out the Source of Your Toilet Leak
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If you see water pooling on the floor next to the toilet, you’ll want to check all toilet areas to find the source of the leak.
Start at the bottom of the toilet and feel your way up. Check if the toilet tank is wobbling—if so, you may only need to tighten the tank bolts with an adjustable wrench to fix the leak.
If tightening the bolts does not stop the leak, you’ll need to check whether the bolts, washers, and nuts are rusted or damaged. You may need to replace these parts entirely. Universal tank bolt kits are easy to find and purchase—averaging $5 per kit.