Charlotte (CLB)'s LJ (berkeleyfarm) wrote,
Charlotte (CLB)'s LJ

need plumbing advice

As many of you know, I'm a total duffer in the home improvement/home fixit category. For those of you who are wise in the ways of Home Fix-it, I have a question, related to a problem with the functioning of a certain bathroom fixture. If you have an idea what may be causing it, I can at least sound vaguely intelligent if a plumber's assistance is required to fix.

I've had a steadily growing leak in the bathroom, in the general vicinity of the toilet. Since I was totally distracted with work, and initially thought it might be Maggie being naughty to get my attention (not to mention I usually put my shoes on first thing to avoid Maggie pouncing on my toes), it has taken me a while to really track the source down. It's at the top of this joint (where the whole works connects into the tank) and it's now throwing about 2 quarts a day (I emptied out the second litter box, as Maggie does not use it).

problem area

The toilet works as normal; it's just apparently leaky. Although sometimes I hear "plumbing" (water-moving) noises when I know I'm not operating any water-using devices in the house.

What may be causing it and what should I do?

Many thanks!

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