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sisyphus 03-18-2014 06:41 PM

why would new wax ring fail
 
Hello all, recently had to change the wax ring because of a bathroom reno. didn't have any problems until today. my son had used the bathroom and clogged it with toilet paper. used the plunger and then flushed it and water started to leak from the base. went into the basement and there was a shower of water leaking from the ceiling. I repeated what I did with the same results. do I need an auger, or just replace the wax ring. never had this happen. thanks

Wuzzat? 03-18-2014 06:53 PM

Assuming the clog is downstream of the ring I can't imagine a WC tank having enough pressure to break the seal.

Maybe the clog revealed a ring seating problem that had been there all along.

nealtw 03-18-2014 06:58 PM

You have a pretty good plug up down stream from the toilet and pressure of plunging has blown the seal. Take the toilet off and auger the pipe.

sisyphus 03-18-2014 07:43 PM

thanks for the responses. just went back into the bathroom and used the plunger and flushed the toilet. everything is back to normal. now I'm really confused.

nealtw 03-18-2014 08:19 PM

Water has slowly drained thru the blockage and the toilet will work fine until the pipe is full again.

kok328 03-19-2014 06:41 AM

That's an impressive plunger, brand name/model # ?

slownsteady 03-19-2014 10:08 AM

did you check to see if the flange was sealed well? Maybe it's not the wax ring that's leaking.

kok328 03-19-2014 12:42 PM

Maybe after reno, you need a taller ring?

Wuzzat? 03-19-2014 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kok328 (Post 102031)
Maybe after reno, you need a taller ring?

Knowing the height of the existing ring and with a mech. drawing from the WC maker this can possibly be checked without removing the toilet.

nealtw 03-19-2014 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wuzzat? (Post 102033)
Knowing the height of the existing ring and with a mech. drawing from the WC maker this can possibly be checked without removing the toilet.

If it leaked for any reason it needs to be changed as it will now be leaking sewer gas into the house.


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