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Question DetailsAsked on 11/15/2015

Water around toilet base leaking thru ceiling below. Why?

Watervaround toilet base when flushed,leaking thru to floor below

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Unless you have a cracked toilet base (rare), almost certainly a leaking wax seal - which seals the base of the toilet to the mounting flange which the toilet is mounted to. Occasionally tightening the two mounting bolts through the base (carefully, evenly, and not real tight or you can crack the base flanges off) will solve it,, but generally better off (and certainly if paying a Plumber to do this) to pull the toilet, inspect/repair the flange as necessary (if corroded badly/cracked), repair any subfloor damage (if this has been going on for an extended period), put on a new wax seal and remount the toilet.

Can run around $75-150 (minimum trip charge) to just change out the wax seal; up into several hundreds if flange needs replacement (sometimes up to about double that number if in concrete, which is not likely in your case), and of course to unknown amount if this has been leaking for a long time so has rotted out subfloor structure, which hapens but is not real common without having shown a long-term leakage/mold issue on the underlying ceiling.

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Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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