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Some plumbing tasks call for a professional, but you can also tackle toilet repair yourself when testing for a leak. Begin testing your toilet for leaks by checking the overflow pipe in your toilet to see if water is leaking into it. It's the middle pipe in your tank with a small piece of tubing attached. If water is filling into your overflow pipe, make adjustments to the fill valve so that the water stops about an inch below the top of the overflow tube top.