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Old 08-16-2016, 07:37 PM   #1
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Toilet is leaking


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I recently noticed that water was dripping from my toilet exhaust pipe in the basement - slowly trickle and then i went to the same bathroom and notice a very minor/small barely visible layer of water around the toilet and tile (see pictures)

i think i need to change the seal? am i right? i emptied the toilet of water (and the tank) for the time being and will look to replace the seal this weekend?

not sure when the last time it was done (it wasnt done as long as i have been living here, 4 years, house is 12 years old now)

anything else i should consider?

cheers, thanx for the help...
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:18 PM   #2
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All I can say is, OH MY GAWD, some of the workmanship we see in the recent years. Hopefully a plumber that gives a S**T will be along shortly to assist you. It's evident that one didn't.
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Sorry but have to agree.
Looks like they cut the hole out with a chain saw.
Unless your in a really cold area (we would have no clue since there's no location in your profile) why would they have ran the supply though the floor and not the wall?
Replacing the seal is about a $5.00 fix, and should have been done as soon as you noticed it leaking.
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Sorry but have to agree.
Looks like they cut the hole out with a chain saw.
Unless your in a really cold area (we would have no clue since there's no location in your profile) why would they have ran the supply though the floor and not the wall?
Replacing the seal is about a $5.00 fix, and should have been done as soon as you noticed it leaking.
The hole has no bearing on the leak. Neither does your, members are not required to post location...
Water lines often come through the floor now days, and again this has no bearing on the flange leak.

To fix, or at least determine the cause-
Shut off the water to the toilet. remove all the water from the tank and bowl with a sponge or shop vac.
Disconnect water supply line from toilet.
Remove the bolt caps to expose the toilet nuts at the floor- remove nuts
Gently rock toilet left and right while lifting the bowl, not from the tank- it will weigh a bit...
Place toilet on a garbage bag nearby.

Now you can rebuild the bowl wax seal. But before that happens you need to inspect the condition of the flange and how it's anchored to the floor. If you want- post a picture of the flange and we'll give an opinion on it and repair method if needed. Sometimes the flange rusts beyond use so it needs replacing. Good luck
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thanx all - much appreciated - hopefully by the end of the week i will have a better idea

i am going to remove the toilet today hopefully
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just looking at toilet wax options - anyone consider using non-wax options? worth it?
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Last two toilets we installed we used the Sani Seal Waxless Toilet Gasket.

http://www.truevalue.com/assets/prod...rge/130944.jpg
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Might want to read some reviews on Sani Seal

https://www.amazon.com/Sani-Seal-Llc...r&pageNumber=1
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going wax - stay tuned
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OKAY

I took the toilet off, interesting - the builder used a small piece of wood to keep the toilet level i think... go figure.... not sure what to do about that when i put it back together

i found a rubber seal (not wax) and water outside the seal by the plastic flange and the bottom fastener area (based on the pic), the same area where water was dripping from.

i threw a bunch of water down the drain and it seemed fine. It looks like the rubber seal was no longer 100% sealing therefore leaking. hopefully i am right

anything else i should consider (check the pictures). I am letting the area dry and will connect everything back tomorrow

i bought two wax seals - 1 normal wax seal, another one that is reinforced. which should i use.

thanx in advance for the help....
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Dont use wax..
Clean the bottom of the toilet good
use this.. Mines been on for 10 plus years.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Wax-Free-...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds
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just nudging this up... any comments on the flange... or other comments


putting on a wax seal later today and putting back my toilet...



thanx
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Pictured is a typical install where the closet flange is above finished floor. Usual complaint is, it leaks and or the toilet rocks on the closet flange and the toilet base had to be shimmed.

Two pictures but 2 different different toilets. The new install pictured will most likely have the same end result as the toilet that was pulled for the reason (s) mentioned above.

Lay the toilet on its side, place a straight edge across the bottom and measure the amount of crush the wax seal will receive. 3/8 inch is plenty.
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ASSEMBLED - lets see, no leaks so far
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What about the shim?
If the toilet rocks, it will leak again

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