My toilet bowl leaks around the base (where the toilet meets the floor) I'am
going to replace the wax ring and re caulk around the base, I had the main
sewer line cleaned and I still get small leak. any suggestions ?
Thanks Mike K
or it might be this: put a glass on a table... there are no leaks in
the glass.. now fill up the glass with ice water.. the outside of the
glass sweats and rolls down to the bottom of the glass.. does this mean
the glass leaks(NO) but it sure looks like its leaking... something to
think about before you tear up the toilet.. make sure the ouside of the
toilet it not wet from condensation......
On 04 Sep 2003 10:43:57 GMT, email@example.comMike (Mjk9234) wrote:
I had a similar problem recently. Toilets rarely leak around the base
unless the drain line is stopped up causing a backup.
What I finally discovered was that the leak was around some improperly
installed bolts and washers that hold the water tank to the base. It
was leaking a small, steady stream around the back of the bowl that
was almost invisible to the eye. New washers and bolts, properly
installed, fixed the problem.
Just went through a toilet tank removal and re-install. Just a hint--When I
put the new tank-to-toilet bolts on I filled the tank holes with caulking
material before putting on the bottom side tank washers and nuts. Adds
another dimension to getting a leak proof install
This is probably leaking from elsewhere other than around the wax ring.
here's how to find out:
1. Put red food coloring into the tank. Make sure everything is dry
around the base. Wait overnight. Check for water around the base. Is
there water around the base? What color is it? If it's red, it's
leaking from either the gasket around where the water line goes into
the toilet, or the gasket that joins the bowl and tank. If it's clear,
there's a leak from the bowl (i.e., replace the toilet).
2. If there's no water around the base: Turn off the water to the toilet.
Flush it. Is there now water around the base? If not, congratulations, you
don't have a leak (heh!). But I'm assuming there's going to be water around
the base now...
3. Suck the water out of the bowl with a wet-dry vac. Remove the bolts
holding down the toilet. Pull the toilet up off the gasket and move it
forward. Tilt it gently to the side, trying to keep weight off the tank.
You should see streaks of red where it leaked, with some pinkish water showing
tracks. If it's anywhere other than around the horn, replace the toilet.
4. If it's leaking around the horn, your drain is clogged or not
properly functioning, perhaps because whoever installed it did not
slope it correctly. The purpose of the wax gasket is to prevent gas
intrusion, not to prevent water intrusion. Clean your drain (easy now
that the toilet is out!), put a new wax gasket, center your toilet
over the hole and push it down onto the wax gasket, and voila.
Eric Lee Green mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
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