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Old 07-23-2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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Leak behind toilet

So my wife and I have been trying to localize an odor in our master bathroom. It has been there since the day we moved in (1 month ago), and it always feels like its coming from the drain, but I can never verify that since we have cleaned out the pipe, used cleaners in it, etc....

Well, this morning my wife found out that when any pressure is placed against the toilet (where your back would lean against it), she started hearing dripping and verified some water was dripping from the back.

The smell in the bathroom tends to be that musky type smell you might get with mold, but we never knew if it was from a pipe or mold somewhere.

I have smelled around the toilet area and never found a strong odor related to the typical smell we have.

Is there a chance over time the water leaking has somehow formed mold either under the floor or near the toilet?

Again, I don't see any visible evidence of mold.



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Old 07-23-2008, 09:11 AM   #2
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Sounds like you may have bolt seals leaking in the tank where it's connected to the base.
Check the rubber seals under the heads of the bolts and washers in the bottom of the tank for corrosion and looseness.
The fix may be as simple as replacing those brass bolts, washers, seals and nuts with a new set. Yu can get them in a little plastic packet at almost any hardware or big box store.
Turn the water off, flush the toilet, sponge out the remaining water and replace them. Do NOT over-tighten the bolts. That might crack the porcelain. Just get hem snugged up enough to where the tank doesn't move and doesn't leak when you lean against it.
The best way to determine if you have a moisture/mold problem in the floor or wall is to look underneath the floor if you can (basement or crawlspace) and open the wall up to inspect it.
Good luck!


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I strongly agree with Mike.
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yes yes yes what mike said
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