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bugsfix 09-01-2012 10:14 AM

Pulled toliet and found this, suggestions?
Hello all,

New to the forums and looking for some help/suggestions/learning... Let me start off by saying I have zero plumbing experience and I would not exactly consider myself a handyman but I get the job done when needed.

A month or so ago I noticed some orange looking fungus/mildew growing from under the side of my toliet... I cleaned it and waited, it came back a few weeks later... So today I decided to pull the toilet and I found this....

Need suggestions on what I should to to remedy the situation. This is on the second floor and I have now noticed a small water stain (though dry) on the ceiling in the first floor right below the bathroom. I will have to end up cutting out that ceiling drywall and see what is going on from below.

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oh'mike 09-01-2012 10:59 AM

Take a putty knife and remove the wax and the old bolts ----then poke at the subfloor with a screw driver----that just looks like a typical bad wax ring---and the disgusting mess left behind because it leaked.

Let us know if the subfloor is soft--if not--add new bolts and a proper wax ring and reset the toilet.

bob22 09-01-2012 11:00 AM

Hard to tell but it looks like the left side of the wax ring didn't or poorly contacted the base of the toilet. Also, I assume there were hold-down bolts to secure toilet to flange?
Me, I'd clean off all old wax ring and install a thicker one or two together and reconnect toilet to floor.

bugsfix 09-01-2012 11:02 AM

Thanks for the suggestions... my main fear is that the sub flooring might be soft/moldy and the mold might have spread below the flooring.. Cleaning it up now and will let you know.

bugsfix 09-01-2012 11:27 AM

Cleaned it up a bit, does not exactly feel like the everything is ok. One side looks like the grout is there from the tile, the other I had to dig out some mushy stuff and then I hit something solid (guessing the subflooring) but it still feel soft and without tearing up the tile I coud not dig any further. Some pics.

bugsfix 09-01-2012 11:28 AM

oh'mike 09-01-2012 05:49 PM

oh'mike 09-01-2012 05:54 PM

You look like you are in good shape----add new bolts and a wax extender ring (Jumbo) and put the toilet back in--

Don't cut the bolts until you have tested the toilet.

You might do well to buy some plastic toilet shims while you are at the store,just in case you have an unlevel floor.

Canarywood1 09-01-2012 06:07 PM

Also looks like a cracked tile,better replace before you put the toilet back.

Alan 09-01-2012 08:57 PM

I'd probably go ahead and drive some screws into those empty holes while you're at it too..... Corrosion resistant screws only though....

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