05:39AM | 11/13/04
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I am in the process of buying a 2 family home in New York City. All of the toilets were installed improperly. In one of the bathrooms the ceiling and wall above the sink and tug shows evidence of a water leak, damaged/stained surface and black mold stains. I am assuming this is from the loose toilet connection in the bathroom above this one. Since the the ceiling and wall have to be opened to get to the root cause of the problem and to eliminate all traces of mold, I not sure if I just need a plumber or a plumber plus someone else to open and seal the wall. What do I do and how much does something like this costs?


06:28AM | 11/13/04
The ceiling and walls don't necessarily have to be opened to identify and repair the leak although they may be for mold remediation. If the loose connection is where the bowl meets the floor I would pull the toilet and check the flange. Water marks do not always indicate a current leak. Sometimes they can be left over from an event like the toilet overflowing.

I would call a plumber first and identify what he feels needs to be done. If you have lead drainage then that will probably need to be replaced and that is somewhat expensive. It's probably better to know how much this is going to cost before you complete your purchase. Hopefully you just have a bad flange.
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