New toilet wax ring smells similar to mothballs

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by Italian2Go, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Italian2Go

    Italian2Go New Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I installed a new toilet this past weekend on a tile floor and used a new Ace Hardware brand wax ring with a collar. Now the inside toilet bowl smells like mothballs when I lift the cover. It is not 'vent' odor which smells different, and the floor is not wet when I flush the toilet so I believe I have a good seal. I think the smell is coming from the substance that the wax is made of because I stored the ring inside a closet for about 6 hours before installation and when I opened the door, I smelled the same strong 'mothball' odor coming from the ring. Has anyone ever noticed a similar mothball odor coming from the wax substance, and more important, will the mothball smell coming up from the bowl eventually go away?
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    The trap in the bowl will not allow any odor from the ring to enter the toilet, so you have some other cause of the smell.
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  4. Peanut9199

    Peanut9199 Customer Service Manager Plumbing Wholesale

    Apr 23, 2007
    Customer Service Manager Plumbing Wholesale
    Ontario, Canada
    Air fresheners and toilet bowl deodorants often contain naphthalene and PDB, the common mothball ingredients.
    Could it be this?
  5. Italian2Go

    Italian2Go New Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I think its the wax ring that smells

    I think its just the wax substance that the ring is made from that is causing the odor. It smelled when I installed it. I was just hoping someone noticed the same smell during their install and could tell me if the smell eventually goes away.
  6. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

    Apr 18, 2005
    Service Plumber, Outdoor Temperature Relief Owner
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area

    Replace the ring if the smell continues to bother you. That smell shouldn't be getting past the trap seal though.
  7. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    Caulk around the base of the toilet to seal out the smell there.

    Make sure your toilet bolts are cut and capped.

    Pour some nice smelling toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and let it sit there for a while.
  8. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    yes, a smell will go away. Soon.

    As hj said, the trap seal in the toilet bowl full of water will prevent that smell from the ring from rising too. It will. So, many are surprised to read that the smell is rising through the water in the bowl. Perhaps the smell is stronger at the base of the toilet instead.

    In the meantime, the residual smell will dissipate soon. Go away. Reduce. Diminish. Disappear.

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