I researched (a little) the forum for my specific problem but didn't find a thread so I joined and started a new thread....sorry if this has been discussed before.
I recently replaced the wax ring on a toilet. The home is just 5 yrs old but the toilet had been plunged quite a bit and it also probably rocked some. The closet flange was broke at the bolt location so I installed a metal ring that fits over the flange using 6 screws. I re-set the toilet and flushed and there was a little trickle of water that came out from under the toilet. Being that this was my first time doing this, I had bought a second wax ring just in case. I pulled the toilet again and cleaned all surfaces and then set it again. Flushed about 10 times and no leak. This was on Monday. I turned the water off to the toilet just to be safe because I had also replaced the supply line.
I came home Tuesday evening and everything was fine. Toilet bowl and tank were full and no leaks. I turned the water back on and flushed the thing about 5-6 times and everything is still dry. This is an upstairs toilet....no water on the floor or the ceiling below. I turned the water off again before bed. I'm a little OCD about this because this commode leaked when it was first installed. Plumber couldn't tell me exactly why it leaked..so anyway.
Wednesday I came home and the tank was empty. The bowl was still full. When I turned on the water, the tank filled up but then leaked out. Everything is dry....floor, ceiling below, space between tank and commode. I put in a new flapper. Same thing. The water seems to be flowing right into the drain. The bowl water is not disturbed and the level remains the same. It's just a slow trickle out of the tank to what sounds like the drain. I can put my hand in the tank and press around the flapper but the flow of the water out of the tank remains the same.
I did remove the tank from the commode when I changed the wax ring. I did NOT replace the gasket between the tank and commode. It did have a look of not being exactly centered (seal was warped a bit) but there is no water coming out between the tank and commode.
Is it possible this seal is allowing the tank to leak off without water leaking on the outside?
Could this have anything to do with the wax seal?
Thanks for any help I can get.