Toilet leak/smell


Old 06-19-03, 10:32 AM
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Toilet leak/smell

We moved into this house almost a year ago. The bathroom floor slopes so that any water that gets on the floor pools around the base of the toilet. Until a few months ago, when the water pooled around the base of the toilet (we have 3 young kids, so, while complete prevention would have been ideal, it's not practical), it would turn a brownish color (I assume from coming into contact with the wax seal), but there was no odor. About 3 months ago, the smell started. It smells like a fast-food restaurant bathroom, so obviously, it is not clean water that is leaking. After putting powder on the floor, it appears that it is dripping from the bolts that connect the tank to the bowl. There also appears to be a tiny leak from the supply line, and possibly a very slight leak around the base. Overall, the amount of water leaking is small, but the smell is horrendous. It smells like someone urinated on the floor, and I already interrogated the kids, so that isn't it.

Any suggestions?

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Old 06-19-03, 10:53 AM
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The wax ring seal under the toilet is probably leaking.
You need to pull the toilet and replace it (about $2 bucks).
Do a Search above on Toilet Seals and you should find a how-to.
Good Luck!
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