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Old 08-06-2017, 08:11 PM   #1
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AS toilet, new, installed few months ago. There's a few drops of water on floor that seem to be coming from the round button like access near floor.

I know its an access to the inside of toilet but on my Kohler theres nothing that needs accessed at that spot. Is there anything I could easily tighten if I took that round cover off?

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Never came across one, but looks like pop off cover (use plastic scraper or such) to access anchor bolts. Regular toilets have a small dome cover. If it's leaking from there, your wax ring seal may be bad. Other reasons could be plugged drain (backing up a bit), condensation, cracked bowl, too tight anchor bolts etc. First remove the plug, flush and try to see where you are getting water. Bowl standing water doesn't necessarily mean bowl is fine. The caulk around the bottom is preventing water from leaking out from there. If the floor is engineered wood, not a good idea. It holds moisture, leading to flange anchor fails in the decking, etc, although all are guesses.
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usually bathrooms are tile or water repellent type materials. What material are the planks?

car is correct - those are covers for your anchor bolts. Many anchor bolts are still seen at the base of the toilet w white covers over them.

open the covers and take a flashlight to look inside. while it real clean w towel, then leave open and flush...you may have to sit for awhile to determine what's the cause of the water
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This was so helpful.

Carpdad, wow. I sure didn't consider how a little water could indicate all those possible problems. I should have thought of those things. I called a plumber today.

Tstex, the floors are new, LVP, Luxury Vinyl Plank on concrete slab house. Yes, the leak only happens when flushing. There are 2 other new toilets like this. I might pop that cover off and check them for leaks too.

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