My Toilet is Running Constantly Should I be Worried?


You open your mail to a larger than expected, costly water bill. Panic sets in as you wonder how this could happen. It’s winter so there are no sprinklers turned on and you have been keeping your shower times to the minimum. If this is a scenario you have faced, a leaking toilet is the likely culprit. No matter the style, design or brand of toilet, it is often not audible or visible your toilet needs repairs and it is only once a costly water bill arrives you know you have an issue.

Here are a few signs to be on the lookout for to identify a potential toilet leak: 

  • The Sound of Running Water Coming from the Toilet
  • Visible Water around the Base of the Toilet
  • An Unpleasant Odour near the Toilet

The Sound of Running Water Coming from the Toilet

After flushing a toilet, all sound should shut off after approximately thirty seconds. If you find a toilet is making noise after this time, particularly a sound like running water, then a leak is possible. Sounds in the home can be drowned out by other noises so if you suspect an issue, it’s a good idea to make the house quiet then listen carefully to see if you can hear a noise.

Visible Water around the Base of the Toilet

It isn’t normal for water to leak anywhere from the toilet system, base or bowl. If you notice water on the toilet floor or a damp toilet map, a leak could be the culprit. If your toilet has been leaking for a long time, the flooring around the toilet may become water stained or depending on the type of flooring may be damp to touch.

An Unpleasant Odour near the Toilet

Sewage is an unpleasant smell that can’t go un-noticed. The smell of sewage normally means a plumbing problem and can be caused by leaks in pipes around your toilet or your toilet bowl itself. Some gases from sewage can be harmful, so call a plumber at the first trace of a sewage smell. A professional will ensure yours and your family safety plus repair the issue so your home will return to smelling pleasant again.

Call Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas for all your leaking toilet repairs

The team at Mainline Plumbing Cheap Hot Water and Gas pride themselves on offering a friendly, reliable and professional service to Bunbury and the South West. If your toilet is showing signs of a leak or you have any plumbing issues, call the team for expert advice on 9791 1608.