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Old 01-26-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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Toilet leaking into walls


We use the blue cleaner in our toilet, and notice blue under one of the bolts. The walls in the corners of this area are showing blue, and are sometimes damp as well. One tile came off, and the metal corner bead on the sheetrock is rusting. Is it possible the wax ring has deteriorated, allowing some seapage under the tile and into the studs. We are on a slab. I plan to remove the toilet to see what I can find out, but would appreciate any ideas beforehand.

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We use the blue cleaner in our toilet, and notice blue under one of the bolts. The walls in the corners of this area are showing blue, and are sometimes damp as well. One tile came off, and the metal corner bead on the sheetrock is rusting. Is it possible the wax ring has deteriorated, allowing some seapage under the tile and into the studs. We are on a slab. I plan to remove the toilet to see what I can find out, but would appreciate any ideas beforehand.
Yes, you need to remove the toilet, inspect the flange, and re-set it with a new wax ring and bolts. Going forward, don't use tank type toilet bowl cleaners. Blue or not, the chemicals deteriorate the plastic components inside the tank. The blue stuff can also badly stain tile, etc.

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When you remove the toilet, check that the floor is flat and level. If the floor is not flat, the toilet can rock and break the wax ring seal no matter how many times you redo the job. Concrete slab floors especially, can have high points that allow the bowl to rock. There are plastic shims made to level toilet bowls that you can use to prevent rocking.

If you have a wood floor, then also verify that it is not rotted out from the continuous moisture.

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