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Leaking toilet. Plumber or DIY?

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Sokmonsta Mon 29-Apr-13 10:41:14

We have a toilet which appears to be leaking from a pipe at the back. We're losing approx 6 litres of water a day (emptying jug frequently). Our home emergency cover won't repair it as we have two toilet therefore they've quoted us to get it repaired which we can't afford right now. Or I figured we might be able to repair it ourselves and the contents insurance will cover the ceiling etc being made good - we went away for the weekend, bathroom flooded and leaked through lounge ceiling hmm

How easy is it to DIY repair what should be a straight forward seal? Or are we better getting the plumber in and getting them to make sure it is the toilet and nowhere else?

PigletJohn Mon 29-Apr-13 13:31:15

I am going to guess that you mean the cistern is overflowing.

This will be due to the ballcock or modern equivalent failing.

It doesn't sound like you know what to do, so call a plumber. preferably a local person recommended by a friend or neighbour. Don't use a big company. Don't use an online directory. Don't use an 0800 or an 0845 or a mobile number. Look for a landline with a local number. Look in the parish magazine if you have one. If all else fails look in the local paper.

If you know where the stop-cock is, turn it off.

If you don't, find it.

It will probably be in the same place as your neihbours will similar homes. Look under the sink first. It will have a "T" handle.

Sokmonsta Thu 02-May-13 08:19:27

Thank you smile plumber it is. Will scour the local paper for numbers.

LIZS Thu 02-May-13 08:25:18

We had to get a plumber out and it was the supply pipe to the cistern which had become dislodged - cost about £60 and took 20 minutes to fix. There may be a small screw visible which can be turned to shut off the inlet pipe - our ensuite had one but unfortunately the main one didn't. If you can use another one that may be a short term option to minimise the ongoing water leak and damage.

LifeofPo Thu 02-May-13 08:27:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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