Bathroom - Toilet too close to wall? No vent?!
I recently purchased an older home (1964). There is currently 1 bathroom upstairs and we will be adding another one down.
The first thing we noticed is that the bathroom has no ventillation, the second thing we noticed was a sewage odour coming into the room which was especially noticable in the cupboards.
After opening up the wall we found that the copper vent stack was corroded with holes so we've temporarily repaired it with foil tape.
The toilet (newer) was installed flush against the wall so we assume that the condensation from the back of the toilet was getting into the walls and causing the corrosion.
Does this sound like a possibility? Is there a certain distance from the wall that a toilet is required to be to prevent this? I'd just like to have a better idea of wheter installing the ventillation will have a great effect on removing condensation, or if we will need to relocate the toilet.
We are first time home owners and relatively new DIYers so any advice would be appreciated!
First thing--The copper drains and vents----Change as much as you can with PVC---
Copper for drains was a poor idea---to corrosive--especially if Draino was used-----The junk copper will fetch close to $4.00 a pound---
Proper spacing for your toilet drain is 12 inches to the center--from the wall.----Mike---
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Add more spaces to your post,please. I''m old and my eyes are weak.:laughing:
Your toilet sweating has nothing to do with the copper drains failing--they went bad from the inside.Copper for drains was a bad idea from the 1960s.
I took a few pictures this weekend...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/6098438...n/photostream/ here you can see that the toilet back is flush against the wall
Here http://www.flickr.com/photos/6098438...n/photostream/ and here http://www.flickr.com/photos/6098438...n/photostream/ you can see that we've taken your advise and are replacing as much as we can with PVC and have also installed some PEX - ultimately we would like to replace everything!
We cut the copper vent stack and coupled it for now so there is no longer any corroded copper in there (that we have revealed).
There is no more odour smell in the bathroom, but we can smell it in the back yard... not sure if a filter on the roof portion of the vent stack will help or if there is some degredation in the septic field... however we have some issues with an addition that was built and the water table/drainage so an excavator should be here soon and will probably need to expose the underground pipes so we will see!
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Excellent!----Welcome to the club---You will be glad that you fixed the problem once and for all.
Did you move the toilet flange? There is no real reason to if the toilet fit---a leaking vent caused the mold problem,I'm sure.---Mike---
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