Thursday, May 4, 2006
Wax ring warning
In the Great Moments column in Fine Homebuilding's Kitchens & Baths (Winter 2004 issue) was an interesting piece about a leaking toilet--The Wax Ring by Nate Thomas. A stain appeared on the ceiling of the first floor bathroom (a second-floor bathroom had been added above the first), so he checked the second-floor toilet's wall connection and the tank fitting--no problems. He knew the tank didn't sweat so he could rule that out, and then he cross-examined the kids to see if they'd been playing bathtub games the way he did when he was a kid... Nope. Finally he opened up the ceiling in the first floor bathroom and was inundated with drywall and dripping insulation. Oh, yuck! It was definitely a leaking toilet, and the problem turned out to be a melted wax ring. The culprit was a small ceramic heater that the kids pulled too close to the toilet. The heater warmed the toilet and melted the ring.