Plumbing in the Home/leaky toilet


our toilet is leaking around the base, and we have already tried to replace the wax seal twice but it's still not working. can i just spread wax around the base of the toilet to stop the water from leaking out? what should i do?

Dear Kairi,

   This is a pretty common problem and many homeowners think the same thing about sealing the water in so that it can't come out from under the toilet.

   The problem is that the water is coming out onto the floor, if it doesn't dry completely, then the water will eventually destroy the floor beneath the toilet.  So, sealing it in is not a good idea.  There is some reason why it is leaking.... perhaps the pipe flange is cracked or broken and needs to be replaced.

   There are many possible reasons why it would be leaking... the reason needs to be found out and fixed to avoid bigger problems later on.  

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I am experienced at troubleshooting and solving all types of plumbing problems. Issues related to specific manufacturers fixtures and specifications though are beyond my field of expertise. I have dealt with problems in both rural and urban areas, and with water supply and drainage systems. Plumbing issues can be very obscure... such as odors, stains or occasional seepage. I have even had to chase rats from a customer's sewer line.


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