Toilet leaks when flushing

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Old 05-27-03, 05:38 PM
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Unhappy Toilet leaks when flushing

We have a toilet (don't know how old) that has started leaking on the left side when flushed. It's just a little bit of water that seems to leak out onto the floor.
Is this a sign for a new wax ring, or can I do something else without having to rip out the toilet? If it is the wax ring, shouldn't the toilet be leaking all the time, not just when being flushed?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-27-03, 05:41 PM
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You answered your own question, it is the wax ring, sorry to tell you that, if no water passes through the trap of the toilet then it don't leak, this is way you only see it leak when you flush it.

You have to pull the toilet to fix it.
 
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Old 05-27-03, 06:23 PM
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Question Now what?

O.K., looks like I have to get "down 'n' dirty". I think I can handle pulling the toilet, have seen it on TV before. Loosen bolts(s), pull toilet and replace wax ring, right? Of course, only AFTER removing the standing water out of the toilet.
What do I need to look for when buying the wax ring? Any other pointers, while we're at it?

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Old 05-27-03, 06:27 PM
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Correct, use wax only rings, ones without the horn in them, if you see the top of the flange flush or recessed into the floor, use 2 wax rings for a good seal, if top of flange is 1/4" above floor then only 1 wax ring will be needed
 
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Old 05-27-03, 06:29 PM
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Thanks, I guess I better get the supplies I need and get this fixed, before serious damage occurs.
 
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Old 05-30-03, 05:39 PM
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Can I ask why you would NOT want to use a wax ring with the plastic "horn" as part of it? I would think it would help keep the wax ring from falling in on itself and keep it from the drian. Lemmno. Thanks a ton. Peace: e3
 
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Old 05-30-03, 05:51 PM
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Sure can, 1st off there not code approved, at least where I live, 2nd off, the plastic horn it's self is know to collapse inward causing a restiction which can lead to stopped up toilet. Been back on a few toilets that I had to auger out, turned out after pulling the toilet, found the plastic horn did infact callapse inward.

There you have it, my reasons for not using the rings that have the horns on them.
 
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