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How to Fix a Toilet – Diagnostics – Leaking Base


Sub-Floor Part 1 = http://youtu.be/UTNXFkx9oMs?hd=1
Sub-Floor Part 2 = http://youtu.be/p9uXq2CC5gk?hd=1
Sub-Floor Part 3 = http://youtu.be/SF471r8BfXw?hd=1
Flange Part Overview = http://youtu.be/c8BPxTTsSKc?hd=1
To watch the Flange Wood Sub-Floor Playlist = http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=E6376D730A087F52

Cement Slab Part 1 = http://youtu.be/9lrbriWoTVc?hd=1
Cement Slab Part 2 = http://youtu.be/s4vsTTUP5yk?hd=1
Flange Part Overview = http://youtu.be/c8BPxTTsSKc?hd=1
To watch the Flange Cement Slab Playlist = http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EE77441842E186B3

Toilet Replacement Part 1 = http://youtu.be/0MlASHtVujo?hd=1
Toilet Replacement Part 2 = http://youtu.be/ckq_X–BWx4?hd=1
Toilet Replacement Part 3 = http://youtu.be/cOJaQFWRLlg?hd=1
To watch the Toilet Replacement Playlist = http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=213624FA392A838E

Wax Ring Part 1 of 2 = http://youtu.be/7hI3StNiGmQ?hd=1
Wax Ring Part 2 of 2 = http://youtu.be/0oUlAV3eak0?hd=1
Wax Ring Part Overview = http://youtu.be/uyTZKlGcCXU?hd=1
To view the Wax Ring Replacement Playlist = http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DF27FA42B3859212

Water Supply Valve Part 1 of 2 = http://youtu.be/X7CWDoZLChU?hd=1
Water Supply Valve Part 2 of 2 = http://youtu.be/2kZ4xWx_vxU?hd=1
Water Supply Valve Part Overview = http://youtu.be/1pLidlD3QBU?hd=1
To view the Water Supply Valve Playlist = http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A5F38BD8A94D3933

To identify other types of toilet problems visit the toilet diagnostics playlist = http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F747F6544F5E866F

Leaking Base

One of the worst problems a toilet can have is water leaking at its base, draining all over the bathroom floor. When this happens, major damage can occur to the home’s structure if the problem is not corrected immediately. Within a few days, the water gathering at the toilet’s base can penetrate the sub-flooring, walls, and cabinets. This can promote the growth of mold and mildew in this area, which can be very costly to repair.

Water leaking at the toilet’s base is usually caused by one of a few factors: the toilet base could be cracked, the toilet is not properly mounted to the toilet flange, the toilet flange is not properly mounted to the sub-floor or concrete slab, in an extreme circumstance there could be hot water cycling through the toilet, melting the toilet’s wax ring, or even less likely, the toilet could have a manufacturing defect.

Regardless of what the cause of the problem is, once leaking is noticed, turn off the water at the water supply valve connection. Keep in mind that the water in the toilet’s bowl and tank might need to be removed by other means than flushing the toilet, given that flushing the toilet might cause more water to leak onto the bathroom floor.

In order to properly evaluate the cause of the water leak, the entire toilet should be inspected for physical damage. If the cause of the toilet’s leak is a crack in the toilet itself, the toilet will need to be removed and replaced with a new model. Regardless of the inspection’s outcome, the toilet should be un-mounted, and the flange and sewer inlet examined also. Before removing the toilet, take note whether the toilet rocks back and forth. If it does, then the leak can probably be attributed to the toilet not being mounted tightly enough to the flange, or the flange not being mounted tightly enough to the sub-flooring or cement slab.

Once the toilet is removed, check the condition of the sub-flooring; look for any mold, water damage or rust on the flange. If the toilet is on a concrete slab then generally the water damage is minimal. In both cases, water can soak into any sheetrock walls or cabinets, so be inquisitive.



  1. Carpet in a bathroom….wtf

  2. You can use a rubber waxless ring

  3. What can I do if it’s my tile that’s uneven

  4. Carpet in the bathroom… 🤮

  5. Who has carpet in the bathroom?! 🤔

  6. How much could handyman charge for fixing this problem

  7. Why is the man not wearing gloves when getting water out of toilet ? And why is there carpet in the bathroom ?

  8. this is exactly my problem now and i'm just so glad youtube exists in this day and age

  9. Who still puts carpet in the bathroom 😔 it’s literally one of the most unsanitary things you can do to your home 🤮

  10. The way he's saying toilet is interesting.

  11. For the love of all that's holy, why is there carpeting in that bathroom?

  12. Carpet in the bathroom is super disgusting!

  13. I recommend Stodoys plans to every beginner and not only.

  14. Unrelated but carpet floors in the bathroom seem like a bad idea.

  15. I wonder why he chose to clean out the water from the bowl with a sponge instead of using something like LiquidLock to solidify the water. Seems that's much easier. Also not a fan of sticking hands inside the toilet bowl without gloves. Yuck.

  16. Why does he have a toilet on carpet

  17. great-advises-on-toilet-base-leakage

  18. This may be the worst/most disgusting video on all of YouTube.

  19. Toilet vibes, smoking that video at 4:20

  20. The real crime here is carpet in the bathroom..

  21. Plans from stodoys sites have different difficulties, but everyone will find something for themselves.

  22. I’m toilet is leaking from base only when it rains, can anyone offer suggestions? Help. I replaced New ring n toilet, to find out I didn’t need to purchase. I ripped flooring up to find that it leaks only when it rains. 🙁

  23. toelet. toelet. toelet.

  24. I tired fixing my toilet myself. I gave up and called Nationwide Plumbers instead: 855-620-8558

  25. Hi so i just did everything but for some reason the toilet is not laying flat. I believe the ring is too high. what should i do?

  26. I have had a toilet that has not flushed well for months. I've tried very hard to unclog the toilet, using plungers and those air cartridges. Today I tried an air cartridge and water immediately spread out on the floor around the toilet. I am thinking this toilet needs to be replaced. It's an older toilet.

  27. GROSS!! Carpet, no gloves!!!! By the way buy a small hand pump lol who uses a sponge?

  28. I think that he was just showing you how it is done, I don't think that the toilet was being used.

  29. Yess okey, very helpful, Thank's

  30. Excellent video! Thanks for sharing it!

  31. Great video, thanks for taking the time to make it! <Edit> Subbed to channel…

  32. Good video.  Im glad to see so many other people noticed the bathroom carpeting….LOL

  33. no gloves? carpet in the bathroom? wtf im gonna puke

  34. Two comments:
    1. Who in there right mind installs CARPET!!! in a bathroom? That is down right nasty and an obvious health hazard. How do you mop a rug.
    2. In an alternate video on the same topic, the presenter states that some times the toilet may not sit flush, as in the case when you have a tile floor. The presenter's suggestion is to use shims to level the toilet. If you were to follow the instructions on this video, the toilet would be deemed defective, and need to be replaced. 

  35. This was EZ and less than $10.00

  36. Absolutely awesome.  I think I know the problem now to my toilet.  Seeing it fixed was great too.  

  37. Great…this is my Monday morning project tomorrow. Good vid, thx.

  38. Toilet is pronounced 'toy-let', NOT 'tuh -let'

  39. Great DIY video! but whats a Tollett?

  40. Somewhat helpful video; from personal experience, DIY project guides neglect to disclose some seriously important info. E.g. when tightening the toilet to the flange, BE CAREFUL! If you screw too tight you will crack the porcelain ! <—– as shown 20sec into this video. That tiny detail would cost you another toilet and another day without a working toilet.

  41. So if the guy doesn't want to wear gloves, that's his business. (I'm going to wear gloves.) Anyway I'm just happy these kinds of videos exist because do you know what plumbers cost these days??

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