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Old 02-11-2016, 09:19 AM   #1
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Can temperature affect a wax ring?


I guess the title asks it all. I had a wax ring fail in an unheated bathroom. The temp in there was 50ish (F) and I was wondering if the temperature could have had anything to do with it failing?
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That's not what caused it to fail.
Far more likely something as simple as the nuts where loose and the toilet rocked, bolt broke, broken flange ECT.
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I have had wax rings melt because the radiant heat was put too close to the flange and the floor temp too high...but low temp wont bother them...X2 on the rocking toilet...or it was never installed correctly...
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sometimes a lot of plunging can blow out a waxring
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No plunging, but last month I did have a house full of 3XL house guests using that 45 year old flange.
Thanks all. I'm about to pull it and see what's going on. I just wanted to make sure there was no reason not to use it after I get it fixed.
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Temperature didn't do it.

The only way I can see 3XL guests affecting the ring is if the common mistake was made of the flange being too high when the toilet was set. Excess weight was placed on the flange rather than the floor. There is no reason to crush a wax ring more than about a quarter inch.
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my guess was the 3xL house guest ..not to be rude.. but that can happen bigger and heavier people can rock the pottty breaking the seal
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When I replaced the toilet a few years ago the flange was showing it's age with rust, but I was able to get the bolts secured fine. I think that combined with the extra stress with the house guests, well, as they say... "somethings gotta give." As soon as I can get a few hours off I guess I'll find out how bad it is.
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There are lots of ways to repair a bad flange---when you pull that---let us know what you find---
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Dry fitting the toilet and shimming as necessary will eliminate a lot of ring problems, 3xl or otherwise.
I've seen a lot of people skip this important step thinking the bolts/nuts will keep it from rocking.
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