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Username Post: Leaking Toilet        (Topic#353751)
Stinky 
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11-03-18 08:40 PM - Post#2750383    

My downstairs toilet leaks and it looks like it is clean water. It is coming out the bottom, at the base, on the floor. It looks clear and doesn't seem like it smells.

It was leaking and I changed the wax-ring. The ring looked like it was mangled. I put a new-style rubber ring on and waited for a leak...nothing, then I caulked the base and about a week later it was seeping again.

It appears that it does not leak (possibly as much) when I turn the water off and on when we use it.

I looked for cracks and other sources of leaks, when I changed the ring, but couldn't find any.

What should I look for?



 




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11-04-18 02:44 AM - Post#2750393    
    In response to Stinky

DEPENDING ON THE TEMP/HUMIDITY MY TOILET SWEATS A LOT. PUT SOME OF THEM BLUE TOILET BOWL CLEANERS IN THE TANK & SEE IF THE WATER ON THE FLOOR IS BLUE.THAY DO SELL A THICKER WAX RING ALSO FOR UNEVEN FLOORS.AFTER YOU FLUSH THE TOILET & IT DONE FILLING DOES THE VALVE COME ON TO KEEP THE TOP TANK FULL AFTER AWHILE,DOES THE BOWL WATER LEVEL DROP?


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johnwd98 
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11-04-18 05:04 AM - Post#2750399    
    In response to Stinky

Is it possible that the seals between the tank on top and the bottom half (stool) are leaking?

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2blu52 
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11-04-18 10:22 AM - Post#2750421    
    In response to Stinky

A recent problem similar to yours occurred here, what it turned out to be was water seeping around the stem of the shut off valve for the toilet water supply. A little turn of the packing nut cured it.

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2blu52 
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11-04-18 10:24 AM - Post#2750422    
    In response to Stinky

A recent problem similar to yours occurred here, what it turned out to be was water seeping around the stem of the shut off valve for the toilet water supply. A little turn of the packing nut cured it.

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69_BOWTIE 
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11-10-18 08:56 AM - Post#2750981    
    In response to 2blu52

Sometimes you have to double up on the wax rings, dont use the one with plastic center . Do you have others using this ? What I found out was that not everybody takes the same seating position when using the john. Some folks like to lay back and use the tank for a backrest(power dump)this causes the tank to tilt and seep out some water, give them screws/bolts another turn.

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jdk 
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11-10-18 03:35 PM - Post#2751017    
    In response to 69_BOWTIE

why not use the ones with the inner plastic sleeve.
i use them with a reg one on top. jim



 
69_BOWTIE 
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11-12-18 07:00 AM - Post#2751147    
    In response to jdk

Was told they will aid in getting a backup, kinda like the funnel theory. I am not a plumber just what I was told by one and it made sence to me.You want to get rid of your waste not let it swirl around and cause a backup. He also said if you use one to get rid of (cut) as much of the funnel as you can. Its worked for me

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Stinky 
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12-16-18 05:45 AM - Post#2754647    
    In response to 69_BOWTIE

I put a rubber "wax" ring (actually not wax at all). This lasted 2-3 weeks. The water is coming out the side of the toilet, underneath it, at the floor.

At the urging of the hardware store, I added tablets in to the bowl in order to see what color the water was on the floor...it was blue.

I then took it apart, assuming that the bowl seals were leaking. They weren't leaking.

So, I glued the above rubber "ring" to the bottom of the toilet and then added a wax ring...double stacked. It has been about a month now and no leaking.



 




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