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Old 09-04-2014, 08:14 AM   #1
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Water leak under toilet

I recently discovered that my toilet is leaking when I flush. Water comes out from underneath the base and onto the tile when the pedal is held for several seconds. Quick flushes seem to be OK. It appears to be clean water so I'm wondering if the seal underneath is bad. I have no experience in this area...yet, so I'm assuming there is a wax ring or seal of some sort? I made sure to check the hose and other visible fittings and those seem to be fine. I guess I'll know more when I take it apart or remove it, but looking for any tips/trick/hints from someone who has been down this road before. I'll certainly drain and flush the tank before getting started...just in case

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Hi Roger what kind of toilet do you have?
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That would be good information to have. Sorry.

It says Traveler on the bowl badge. It is made of porcelain.
Searching for an owner's manual for it now.
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It is a sealand traveler, there should be a plastic shield around the bottom it is held on with two screws if you remove those screws that shield can be removed. Under that you will see what looks like a large water pipe clamp that may be loose check this area for leaks. Just tightening that band may take care of the issue.
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Thanks Elf...will do.
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Had two toilets, bath & 1/2, had to tighten both bands, water was leaking out from behind the steel band that holds the base to bowl.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:02 PM   #7
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Looks like tightening that band may have solved the problem. I was able to get a full turn on the screw. Ran the water for a few minutes....put some weight on it and ran the water a few more minutes and had no leak.

Thanks all for the tips!

Now, should I put a fresh bead of caulk around the base before I put the cover back on or is there a seal under there that should be sufficient?
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Roger....I wouldn't seal it, in case it leaks again....you won't know. I would also put a small fan in front of it and let it run for about 24 hours to make you dry everything out and prevent floor rot.
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Will do...thanks Don.
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OK, it appears my issue is not resolved. Last week I noticed the leak again (extremely intermittent). As I inspected it this time, I found that water was coming from under the plastic piece that the pipe clamp is around. It was running down the side of the base, collecting for a bit then running off onto the floor. This time however, I notice that the bowl isn't holding water either. It takes a few minutes, but drains out. Not sure if the two are related. Anyway, I will be getting her ready this weekend for a Thanksgiving trip and am adding this to the 'to do' list. Anyone know if I can just replace that 'ring' under the hose clamp or perhaps you may have other bright ideas for me before I start taking it apart? Did I forget to mention I'm great at taking things apart....it's the 'putting back together' that always gets me. :-0
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Get out the rubber gloves, but first go to your local rv dealer and buy a new gasket for the sealand toilet. Turn off the water supply and disconnect it, remove that clamp that goes around the base and carefully remove the bowl from the pedestal, remove the old gasket and clean both surfaces before reassembly.
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Thanks Elf. I hope it is as easy as that sounds!
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In this link provided before it has the break down of toilets that will show what needs to be done.
As Don said in old post dry with heated fan so floor is dry as possible.
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007's recommendation regarding drying the area is extremely important. Just to be safe you might want to spray the area with a mold inhibitor. This is the stuff used by remediation companies but it it's also available at Home Depot. You might not need it but it can't hurt and now would be a great tone to use it

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