Call another plumber (or call the same one in a few days) and just say
that you've got a small leak around the base of your toilet and you'd
like them to come over and put a new seal on it.
Don't mention anything about a sewer gas odor.
Well, if it were sewer gas, the trap should be full and block it, ring
or no. In that case would have to be something else which is what he
would be looking for...
If it is indeed the was ring that has failed, there should definitely be
at least hidden signs of some leakage if it's bad enough to have created
odor it's had to either been very small for a while or large enough to
I'd be looking more closely for the evidence first methinks...altho your
diagnosis/guess is likely ok, I'd think it observable.
Have to respectfully dissagree here.
IF the toilet was installed with one of the better ring seals, there
will be NO water leakage unless the pipe is plugged and it backs up,
because the better rings have a tapered sheild on them that directs
the flushed water and debris past the seal - so a leaky seal can stink
and still not leak.
The trap, if you look at ANY north american toilet, is ABOVE the seal,
so can be full of water and functioning, and still alow gas to leak
past a bad ring seal.
Chances are better than 90% it's a bad seal, unless it is an old house
with badly corroded cast iron plumbing - in which case all bets are
off - and I wouldn't even waste the money on the smoke test - just get
the plumber to pull out ALL the cast iron and replace with plastic.
Speaking of shit, yer full of it. 1/3 of this country is obese, which
often includes a reduced ability to lift things, especially in small
spaces, not to mention many people can't see well enough to do the close
work of fussing with the bolts, assuming they can even get down on the
floor to get to them, and get back up. Add in the common complication of
the shutoff valve being frozen or rotted, and the downside gets big
fast. So, yes, anyone who is in halfway-decent shape and HAS SEEN IT
DONE BEFORE can R and R a toilet. But if someone is not a regular tool
user, or doesn't even own the tools, and the house is over 20 years old,
I always recommend they get a plumber. I do tell them to watch and
learn, though. If the house only has one bathroom, and there is a SWMBO
and rug-rats involved, I strongly recommend a plumber- there is no
postponing things when the family needs to pee. And Murphy being Murphy,
even if you start early on Sat when the Borg is open, there will be
unexpected complications. Any real plumber will have the 20 most common
parts on his truck.
My roommate is 60 any worked as a carpenter most of his life and
basically wore his body out. Last year I took him to a hospital
because he couldn't breath and doctors discovered he has a hole
in one of his heart valves. He had never been a patient in a
hospital before in his whole life which I thought was a bit odd
for someone that age. Anyway, he no longer has the strength to do
the kind of simple brute strength tasks which were easily accomplished
in years past. Sometimes he falls and I have to help him up but I
don't mind, I'm not Amazing Hulk strong anymore either. :-(
That was very rude. Many of my friends are too weak to help with a
project like that and I often recruit a younger stronger person. I
like to teach youngsters how to repair things when they're interested
in learning how. ^_^
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