11:24AM | 05/18/05
Member Since: 05/17/05
3 lifetime posts
Recently we ripped up 1" worth of bathroom flooring (carpet, linolium, particle board) due to the smell to find the original (1889) floor under the toilet was black and rotting. A friend came and replaced the entire section of floor with new wood, and in the process had to cut the drain down (it was too long without the layers of flooring). Last week I was laying vinyl around it and in the process of making the paper pattern discovered moisture under the toilet again! Not leaking out but when a paper is slipped underneath it comes out wet. I don't know what to do! Do we need to replace the toilet? We've already had one floor rot out - are we going for another?


07:31PM | 05/19/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
I'm wondering if the friend installed a properly attached closet flange. If you lowered the pipe, without installing a new closet flange (glued or compressed to the existing pipe) you will continue to have problems. There are many types of closet flange, some that compress on the inside of a 4" cast iron pipe, some that glue on the inside of a plastic pipe, and some that glue or compress around the outside of a pipe. Without a closet flange there isn't enough surface to provide a proper seal.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


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