Leaking toilet????

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by hondatech, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. hondatech

    hondatech New Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    How can you tell if your toilet is leaking between the toilet and the flange. I redid my bathroom last year and installed ceramic tile. I added two spacers between the flange and toilet to compensate for the floor. Recently I have noticed some discoloration in the grout around the toilet, also in the hall the wood floor is raising some.
    I'm assuming its leaking. Was the spacers the wrong thing to do? Any help or recommendations would greatly appreciated!
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    With replacement wax ring on hand, draining and pulling the toilet to look for water damage takes about 15 minutes.

    Did you use anything to seal between the spacers and between the spacers and closet flange?

    Ideally, the closet flange is mounted to the top of the finished floor.
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  4. hondatech

    hondatech New Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    I didn't use any thing to seal between the spacers. What do you recommend using?
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    WHen you reassemble, dry everything off, and put a bead of silicon between the flange, and if more than one extender, each extender, then bolt through them into the subfloor to anchor them. You can immediately then put down new wax and set the toilet. Keep in mind that if the toilet rocks in the slightest, you'll break the wax seal. the best thing to do is set the toilet down, shim so it is rock solid, lift, then reset with the wax seal. The wax isn't springy...once you compress it, it does not bouce back. So, if the toilet rocks, when it gets to each extreme, there will be a void on the opposite side.
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