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Old 08-09-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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Immediate action needed?

I recently purchased a home and in the process of making minor repairs have discovered a few things that concern me. I noticed that the vinyl floor dips in around the base of the toilet. I got in the crawlspace to have a closer look but couldnt see anything that concerned me. Then last night I stepped on the floor very near to the toilet and felt it crack and give a little under my foot. After further investigation i found that the flooring all around the toilet ,out to about 8" away from the base, was the same. So obviously the flooring needs to be replaced my question is how pressing an issue is this. Do i need to go home tonight and remove the toilet or can it wait?

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Old 08-09-2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Immediate action needed?

Sounds like rot to me and it may just give way during the use of your facilities, something I am sure you don't want to happen.

Removing the pot is easily done, fixing the flooring may pose more challenge as it will lead undoubtedly to more work related to the finish floor.


When its all said and done there is usually more said than done
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:02 AM   #3
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The most likely cause is rot due to a failed wax ring. Each time you flush you are probably adding more water to the problem. If you have a second bathroom, use it until you get this fixed.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:47 AM   #4
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Thank for the advice. I have since removed the toilet. I plan to replace the subfloor and repair the . . . decking, i believe that is what it is called. Its the diagonal planks of wood that are beneath the sub floor. My wife had all ready expressed her dislike for the existing vinyl so i guess it will all work out in the end. Thanks again.
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