Do the wax rings on my toilets need to be replaced?

lydia1959January 16, 2009

Once (at 2 different times)in the past couple months each of my 2 upstairs toilets had water stains around the bases. I cleaned it up and there have been no more stains. If the wax rings were bad wouldn't I have continuing stains?? My husband didn't see any leaking when he checked from the basement. Could it just have been a clog in the plumbing that cleared itself?

The one toilet was replaced about 8 years ago and the other is 15 years old.


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Since it seems to have been one-off events, chances are, someone just "aimed" badly while standing at the toilet. I wouldn't jump to conclusions. Wax rings don't typically wear out. As long as you don't disturb them, they're good for the duration.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2009 at 12:31AM
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I thought I had this same problem once, but it turned out to be occasional condensation on the cold ceramic bowl....

    Bookmark   January 19, 2009 at 1:40AM
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Keep an eye on it. I have seen the rings leak on certain times and not others. Like if a large deposit has been made causing the water to drain slowly.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2009 at 12:39AM
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Second issue - my toilet is rocking back and we need to reset it with a new wax ring?

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 6:50AM
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Yes, but first find out why it is rocking. If it is simply loose, tighten it down with a new wax ring. If it is rocking because the pipe flange is too high then the flange has to be reduced to allow the toilet to sit on the floor.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 10:30AM
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as hendricus has said, tighten it up, if thefloor is not leval and it still rocks, i have used plaster of paris
to 'caulk' around the base of the toilet
when it hardens the rock will go away. it will also
not stick to the tile and ruin it as grout will do this ONLY if the toilet is not leaking

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 10:43AM
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Thanks for the answers to the original question. I don't think it was a "aiming" issue, but the other 2 ideas could be right. I will keep an eye on it for now.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 10:58AM
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There are some water closet that have a weep hole under the bowl. When they make water closets they just kind of plug this, sometimes they leak, also if your wc rocks check the bolts to the tank. When you install a wc you should shim the back as needed, never the front.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2009 at 3:55PM
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