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John24689 10-17-2009 03:42 PM

Toilet leaking at the base on floor
The toilet is leaking a water around the bottom of the toilet onto the tile floor. There is what looks like the wax seal coming out from under the toilet about one inch on one side and the rear of the toilet. I have never seen such. The house was vacant for over two years and I fixed it up and the toilet worked fine. Someone has been living in it since July and no problem until today.

I don't understand what could have caused the wax seal to start oozing out. I am going to take the toilet out and clean up the mess and put in a new wax seal.

Should I buy a new toilet in case this one might be broken or cracked on the bottom? What else should I look for?
Thanks. John

elkwd7 10-17-2009 03:49 PM

man thats sounds kinda goofy, but the waxie is not impervious. It is although to normal flushing? Did something like bleach or thinner go too? Look close for the floor (rotting from long term) maybe just became obvious recent but took a while to get exposed, and yes good idea to thoroughly inspect the whole toilet for any red flags IE cracks, rodent etc.

MI-Roger 10-18-2009 07:31 PM

Buy and install a new wax gasket.....
If the floor in the bathroom has been replaced already, buy an extra-thick wax gasket as you will need additional material to fill the larger gap between the closet flange and the toilet base (The replaced floor is causing the toilet to sit higher above the flange).

I had a toilet start leaking this summer after a 500 pounder used the facilities! Smashed the wax gasket so flat that it started leaking after years of no problems.

elkwd7 10-18-2009 08:04 PM

500 lb facilitator
That would suggest the only thing the loo sat on was its wax ring, the outside base of the toilet optimally speaking, is designed to rest on the finish floor and then be dapped out for appearance at least, so the floor had to give downward and squish out the wax ring! AHH i see, again!

ccarlisle 10-19-2009 08:03 AM

...that's one helluva "load"...:laughing:

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