? about caulking toilet bowls

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by WV Hillbilly, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. WV Hillbilly

    WV Hillbilly New Member

    Aug 1, 2008
    I have read several people state that they caulk around the bowl where it meets the floor . This doesn't seem like a good idea to me . If the wax ring was to leak the water would be trapped under the bowl & you wouldn't know there was a leak untill the floor rotted out . I have also read about toilets that had holes in the bottom that were manfacturing defects . Opinions please .
  2. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

    Jul 30, 2008
    Tech. Instructor
    S. Maine
    I.P.C requires caulking for sanitary reasons.
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  4. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    Some people leave the back of the toilet uncaulked. But even if the base is caulked, a leak should manifest itself well before the floor is rotted out: a little bubble in the lino, a wet spot in the room or crawl-space below. On floors with ceramic tile, it may be more difficult to detect.
  5. Howard Emerson

    Howard Emerson I teach guitar:You call that a job?

    Apr 28, 2008
    I teach guitar:You call that a job?
    Huntington Station, NY
    GE white silicone all the way around, using electrical tape to mask both sides of the joint, then pulled.

    If it leaks, the dropped ceiling panel underneath will tell me.


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  6. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Aug 17, 2008
    Hand copper part cleaned ready to go
    Flagstaff, AZ Sitting on an upside down 5 gallon b
    This is going to save me a buttload of time spent wiping and making it look all purdy like...
  7. burleymike

    burleymike New Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Yep it is best to caulk it. My wife used to own a house cleaning business. She can tell you some real horror stories about what is around and under toilets, especially houses where they have little boys. If there was no caulking she could never make a toilet stop stinking.
  8. Jay Mpls

    Jay Mpls Master plumber

    Sep 29, 2008
    Master Plumber /Sewer rat
    Caulk toilets and things that come in contact with the floor and form a joint.
    If you get too droonk and pee in front of the toilet instead of in it..or if the bowl goes over!!!Caulk all the way around..or you could have bugs,mold or even sewer corn start growing underneath.
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Here, it is not an option. The inspectors REQUIRE the bowl to be caulked all around it, and will look at the back to be sure it was caulked there also.

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