Re: Toilet Odor... but seal's fine
Posted by Ginahoy on January 11, 2002 at 17:46:32:
In response to Re: Toilet Odor... but seal's fine
Just a followup - a plumber friend suggested stopping up the clean bowl with a rag, and then filling with water and oxidizing bleach (no chlorine, please, as I'm on septic). I used Sodium Percarbonate. I maintained the water level at just below overflowing for several hours. Odor is now gone!!

: I smell a slight 'sewer' odor from my toilet, so I replaced the wax seal (even though it looked intact). However, but the odor persists, and seems most noticeable when I open the lid. Obviously, I've cleaned the toilet bowl and underside of rim until it is squeaky clean.

: Here's my theory: the toliet has nearly overflowed several times. I imagine that as the water rises, it could leak back through the fresh water outlet holes, carrying small bits of sewage into the rim cavity. I don't think the fresh water entering from the tank would necessarily flush the cavity completely.

: Any thoughts on this? More importantly, if my theory is correct, how would I go about cleaning the rim cavity?

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