If you notice that there is water gathering around the base of the toilet it doesn't necessarily mean that someone is missing the toilet. It could be that your toilet is leaking. There are different reasons that your toilet might be leaking. One of those reasons is that the wax seal under your toilet isn't working anymore and needs to be replaced.
What Is the Wax Seal?
The wax seal is a thick, circular piece of wax that acts as a gasket under your toilet. Its job is to seal your toilet to the floor to make sure that there are no leaks. As it ages, it can start to fail. That will lead to leaks around the base of your toilet. The more it fails, the more water gets out. Luckily it's a fairly easy fix.
How Is a Wax Seal Replaced?
The first thing you need to do is to get a new wax seal. These seals are generally universal, but it's a good idea to write down the maker of your toilet so that you can make sure that the ring you get will fit on your toilet.
Make sure that you have all the right tools. You are going to need a wrench to remove all the nuts and bolts, and a flathead screwdriver to pry some parts apart. Have a plunger handy. You may also want to have some kind of lubricating oil close at hand in case you have any bolts that don't want to come to loose.
After you gather up all the necessary tools, it's time to get started. Turn off the water. There should be a valve right next to your toilet. You can turn that valve off so that no more water runs to your toilet. You may decide to turn off the water supply to your entire house just to be safe. The best way to tell if you have turned off the water is to flush your toilet.
If no water comes in to fill up the tank, you're ready to go. You need to flush your toilet anyway so that you get rid of all the water in it. You have to take your toilet off its base, so you need to make sure that the water is out of it. Flush it until your tank and bowl are completely empty. You can plunge it at this time to make sure that all the water goes down into the pipes.
Now it's time to start dealing with the nuts and bolts of the job. First, use your flathead screwdriver to take all the caps protecting the bolts on the base of the toilet. Use it to just pop them off. Grab your wrench and start taking off all the bolts holding the toilet to the floor. Make sure that you put the bolts and washers where you can find them.
You might also want to put them in order so you know which one went where. If you have any bolts that don't want to come off, then you can use some lubricating oil and let it sit on the bolt for a few minutes. While that happens, you can take that time to disconnect the toilet from the water intake. Remember to use righty tighty and lefty loosey to get everything off.
After you have taken off all the bolts, it's time for the heavy lifting. Gently rock the toilet back and forth. You need to break the seal in between the wax seal and the toilet. You may want to have an extra pair of hands here, because the next step is to lift up the toilet. This part is why you made sure that there is absolutely no water left in the toilet. Lift it off its spot and move it out of the way.
It's time to get rid of the old wax seal. Scrape it up off the base of the toilet and the floor. Then all you need to do is put the new ring on. It will look like it's too tall, but it should be. That way you get the best seal. Time to put the toilet back on and put all the bolts back on. Make sure that you put the toilet back on straight by making sure that the tank is parallel to the wall behind it. Attach it back to the water intake and turn the water back on. Let the tank fill and flush it a few times. You should have no more leaks.
While replacing your wax seal is pretty easy, if you aren't comfortable doing it, you can always hire a plumber to come do the job. They will make sure that your toilet doesn't leak anymore. To learn more, contact a company like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating with any questions or concerns you have.