I was wondering if someone might advise me.
There are hairline cracks in the pedestal part of my toilet -- the
part between the bowl and the piece that is screwed into the floor.
I have noticed recently that when I flush the toilet, a small amount
of water seeps through the crack -- perhaps a teaspoon or so of water.
Does this mean that I should replace the toilet? Or can this be
Many thanks for any advice or information.
Absolutely replace that toilet immediately. If you sit on that toilet
and your weight caused it to fall apart, the sharp pieces of porcelain
can very seriously injure or even KILL YOU. Replace that toilet ASAP.
On 29 Feb 2004 10:13:59 -0800, email@example.com (Linda W.) wrote:
May I ask -- are you a plumber? I was wondering if you could tell me
what causes these cracks to occur.
And also -- I'll need a few days to have someone look at it and get an
estimate. Do you think that would be okay? (
And many thanks.
(Linda W.) wrote:
I'm a Master Plumber and I concur...get rid of that WC pronto. In addition
to being a possible safety hazard, it may split open & flood your home while
you're not there. A real mess if it's upstairs! If it's not essential, I'd
advise shutting off the supply valve under the tank until you get someone to
A number of different factors can cause them to crack: imperfections from
the factory, stress on the china due to improper installation, uneven tile
floors coupled with lack of proper shimming, closet flange set too high,
etc. Whoever replaces it for you should pay particular attention to the
condition of the floor and the flange and make the nessicary
adjustments/repairs to help prevent it from happening again.
(Linda W.) wrote:
Yes, I'm a master plumber.
If you're waiting a few days to get an estimate, you should seriously
consider turning that toilet off and putting it out of use until it
has been replaced. I only know of one trajedy caused by someone
continuing to use a toilet that was cracked. It came apart while he
was sitting on it. It didn't kill him. But is cut into him and caused
serious injury. That story was all the buzz in the plumbing industry
about 5-6 years ago. The "victim" is still in a wheelchair from where
the porcelain cut into his spinal column. The porcelain also did
damage to his large intestines. The poor guy will be using a colostomy
bag the rest of his life. So again...REPLACE THAT TOILET ASAP. It
could kill you.
On 29 Feb 2004 19:45:14 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Linda W.) wrote:
Thanks so much for this additional advice.
I've been making calls and am hoping that a plumber I've had do some
work before will be able to do this for me tomorrow (Wednesday).
In the meantime, I will take your advice very seriously and be very
cautious. I only have one bathroom (it's a condominium), so I can't
not use it. But I will be very aware and cautious. That is such an
awful story about the poor man who was seriously injured.
My plan is to purchase the toilet myself and then have the plumber
install it. I told him on the telephone that I had seen a Kohler
(it's a Wellworth) at Home Depot for $99 -- for the toilet and the
tank -- and he said that that was a good brand and that he wouldn't be
able to touch that price if he were to obtain the toilet for me. So I
think it sounds as if it is more economical for me to purchase it and
have him install it.
From doing some Google Groups reading, it sounds as if Kohler is
considered a good brand. And the plumber said he thinks it is.
I will measure my current toilet and bring the measurements with me to
Home Depot to make sure they are similar before purchasing the new
I also had an over-the-telephone quote from another plumbing company,
who would also supply the toilet (American Standard -- which is what I
have now). They quote they gave me is $422. That is more than I
would like to spend, if possible.
So I'm hoping the other plumber will be able to do it tomorrow, and
that there won't be any problems with my purchasing the toilet myself.
Thank you so much for your patience in advising me about this. I am
sure that to a master plumber and others who read this group, these
are very elementary questions, indeed. But for me, it is a learning
experience, and since I know very little about it, the advice given
here is very valuable to me.
Now I just hope the plumber can do the work tomorrow. I'm worried,
not just because of what you have warned me about, but also lest there
be any water damage under the toilet that may cause problems in the
condo unit downstairs.
(Linda W.) wrote:
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