05-03-2011 03:45 AM
Good Morning Friends,
While remodeling a bath room in a house the couple bought a new commode as well as a new vanity and sink and everything looked great till they flushed the toilet for the first time, when water came flowing out from under the base of the commode and all over the floor to the tune of about 1/2 of a gallon.
As they scrambled to get a mop to pick it up and wring it out in the bath tub they were asking how could this have happened? What are your thoughts on the matter?
05-03-2011 04:45 AM - edited 05-03-2011 04:46 AM
I'm not a plumber, but it seems to me that they either left the wax ring out or disturbed the toilet after it had been seated, breaking the seal. Since it leaked 1/2 gallon, I would bet on the former.
05-03-2011 05:04 AM
05-03-2011 05:23 AM
I think it was more of an obstruction then missing wax ring. During remodels most will plug the flange to prevent sewer gases from coming in. If you left the wax ring out and placed the toilet in the right position providing the gap was not to much between the flange and the bottom of the tiolet, you should have minimal leakage. I would not recommend that, just saying. So I 'm going for obstruction of some kind. Even a misplaced wax ring will do it if it shifted during installation.
05-03-2011 05:51 AM
Obstruction, and I was thinking along the lines of George's comment. Something stuck in to prevent gases out or debris in during construction.
05-04-2011 03:41 AM
Good Morning All,
Dead on the money George for they simply forgot to remove the rubber, air inflated plug before setting the commode on the new wax seal. The fellow felt real stupid for such an incident but he also was not a plumber and had borrowed the plug from his friend the plumber who failed to tell him to be sure to remove it before setting the commode.
Buy "em" books and all they do is eat the cover. Personally I just put up with the smell for it really isn't that bad.