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Old 09-02-2016, 11:06 PM  
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I think this small leak from the handle is causing the pool of water on the floor. Why is the handle leaking and why does it do it intermittently? It leaked like this a few weeks ago, then stopped, then again today.


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If you mean the flush lever is leaking, then I have to assume your tank is overfilled, because the water should never reach that high otherwise. Is it possible that you are seeing sweat buildup on the outside of your tank that appears to be a leak. Sweating can be significant, and cause puddles under your toilet.


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Your most probable sources for leakage are

1. Water supply hose or connection to the tank
2. The supply shut off (angle stop)
3. The wax ring under the toilet
4. The bolts holding the water tank to the toilet below it
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If you mean the flush lever is leaking, then I have to assume your tank is overfilled, because the water should never reach that high otherwise. Is it possible that you are seeing sweat buildup on the outside of your tank that appears to be a leak. Sweating can be significant, and cause puddles under your toilet.
I don't know because I don't see it happening.

I bet it will be dry when I get home today.
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Well I suggest you get home, remove the top from the water tank and flush the toilet 6 times. Observe closely. Put you hand on the supply line and feel for water. Use a flashlight to search for drips. Its not magic, its only plumbing
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Most toilet bowls, unless they have been converter over to have lukewarm water supplies, fill up with cold water. That cold water causes condensation all over the outside of the porcelain tank, just like when you have ice water in a glass and it forms on the outside and runs down onto the table. This typically happens when someone takes a warm shower in the room and the tank has recently been flushed and is full of cold water or when the tank has been flushed a lot recently and continually filled up with a new supply of cold water back to back. The moisture keeps forming on the outside of the tank and drips down. After whatever number of hours of the toilet not being flushed, the water on the outside of the tank dries and it just leaves the water on the floor. A common issue in a lot of households. I've read that some people use a towel or something under it.

Not sure that this is your problem, but just wanted to cover that as a potential issue, as well.
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It is leaking from the handle because the toilet is overfilled. Why is the toilet overfilled?
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Old 09-04-2016, 12:10 AM  
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There should be a plastic screw at the top of the fill valve if you have the newer one.



It should turn by hand. Just adjusted mine a little the other day.

Got a pic of your tank? Notice how the water level is about an inch under the overflow tube. When I installed a new one in ours, I had to hacksaw the tube to make it shorter. The water would go into the tube far before getting up to the handle. That's like another inch above overflowing into the tube. Adjust the screw so that the water stops about an inch below the overflow tube. Is your overflow tube longer than it should be? Did someone recently install a new one or something? That's odd.

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Old 09-04-2016, 02:49 AM  
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I think I got it.

What is the purpose of the overflow tube exactly?

What is the importance of the water fill line? Other than so it doesn't leak out the handle?

Also, I never actually mopped up any water, but it's always gone. Can that much of a puddle really evaporate? It was a pretty substantial puddle.
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One thing else to check. Take the cover off and flush. Sometimes a bad fill valve or misdirected hose will spray around the inside of the tank.
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