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Old 07-24-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Toilet leak + wet subfloor


Hey all, thanks in advance for any guidance provided. I noticed my basement bathroom ceiling cracking so i knew i had a leak in the half bath directly above it on 2nd floor. I took the cracking section out and flushed toilet and saw water leak from sewer pipe. I looked it up and determined the wax ring needed to get replaced. When i pulled the toilet off, the old closet flange looked in bad shape so i decided to replace that as well.

My question now is, should i rip out hardwood flooring and replace subfloor or just let it dry out? (pic below). Any and all guidance will be greatly appreciated as im new to all this as im a 1st time home owner.

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Old 07-25-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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if the subfloor is structurally sound, i'd hit it w/ 10% bleach, let it dry, and move along. if it is crappy wood, you have no choice but to replace it. btw: if need be, you can use two wax rings if there is a "bad height" problem. good luck.

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Instead of 2 wax rings get one with the plastic extension that is designed for this.
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even better. good idea mae-ling.
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Hey thx for input/feedback. Ive read that when installing toilet over hardwood flange should be over hardwood as opposed to under. Is the attacked picture the type of flange with extension you're talking about? Should i put some wood around cutout hole so that flange sits above hardwood?

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