Downstairs toilet got plugged - took the plunger to it a few times,
let it sit overnight, then tried it again, and now it is clear. When
I was plunging I noticed some water leaking out from underneath the
base. Now that it is clear it seems to flush fine with no visible
leaking. My lazy side says, it doesn't leak now so why mess it with
it. My anal side says since it leaked, that means water found (or
made) a path through the wax seal and I should take the toilet up and
reset it. Does the leakage mean there is something wrong that needs
to be fixed? This is on a concrete and tile floor so there is no
worry about rotting the floorboards. --H
When plunging, you built up a little pressure around the seal and forced the
water out. Under normal circumstances, it may go for many years and you
never see a leak because there is no pressure and a clear flow of the water.
I'd be kind of on the lazy side about it. If leakage occurs during normal
use, yes, fix it. Oh, the water in the bowl acts as a trap for sewer
gasses too, but it that had not been a problem, let the laziness begin.
On Sat, 29 Jan 2011 06:50:30 -0800 (PST), Heathcliff
The fix is pretty easy. There is a wax ring under the toilet, you
just, turn off the water, flush, disconnect the water line, remove the
2 nuts, and lift it out. Scrape out all the old wax, drop in a new wax
ring and reassemble.
They usually fail because the toilet is rocking. Shim it up so it sits
level and tighten up the nuts.
On Jan 29, 11:58 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It isn't terribly difficult, but it isn't all that easy either.
First, a wax ring is only about $3, so buy two. Your first time,
sometimes you break it. Also, they're really really sticky.
But that isn't what is hard. What's hard is you have to lift the
toilet up and work underneath it. That means you have to shut off the
water (hope your angle stop works. Mine do on all the toilets but
some of the sinks don't shut off fully.)
Then you either unbolt the toilet from the floor and lift the whole
thing (heavy, awkward, hard to grab, and nowhere to set it), or you
have to take off the tank first (that's what I do usually) and those
nuts are probably rusted on, given the wet conditions in a bathroom.
There's a rubber gasket between the tank and the bowl and I replace
that at the same time just to save another potential disassembly.
Follow-up: It leaked again. The pattern seemed to be that it would
flush once or twice fine, but then the third time it would back up,
indicating a downstream clog. So I took it up and used my cheapo home
snake on the drain. Then the laundry sink was having drain problems
too - indicating the clog was beyond the junction of those drain
lines, i.e. the main line to the street. Time to call the plumbers.
They snaked it out, took out some roots, and the problem is solved. I
reset the toilet no problem - have done that a few times before.
Thanks for all the tips -- H
Nope go get some rock salt, it will kill the roots:) while leaving the
Plus its CHEAP:)
just do it a few times a year:)
dissolve rock salt or softener salt in hot water, put down drain and
leave for day. so the roots get more salt exposure time
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