How does one verify there's no wax ring leak after install?

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  1. HomeRepairGuy

    HomeRepairGuy Member

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    After installing a toilet and before caulking the base to the floor, what's the proper way to verify that there's no wax ring leak? The toilet is a Toto water saver type. I forget the toilet model but maybe a drake.

    If pouring water quickly into the bowl from a bucket (say 3 gallons of water), how many buckets to verify that the wax ring is not leaking?

    Want to be absolutely sure there's no wax ring leak before caulking and calling it a day.

    Thanks.

    PS: I will be sure not to caulk the back of the toilet when I do caulk it.
     
  2. Sylvan

    Sylvan Still learning

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    Why not caulk behind the toilet also?
     
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  4. HomeRepairGuy

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    To allow water from any wax ring leak in the future to leak out the back as an alert that the wax ring is leaking.
     
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, some inspectors like to see the back left out so that a bad seal is caught sooner before floor damage can occur.
    I hear that some inspectors want it all the way around, but that isn't common. If it's my home, the back gets left out.

    I like to flush a new install with the handle down all the way a few times to drain the entire tank all at once, sort of the acid test.
     
  6. HomeRepairGuy

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    Thanks Terry for your input. I'll do a bunch of holding the handle down flushes to "hopefully" see a leak if it's happening, before caulking.
     
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