I received a question from Samuel C. who was asking me, "I have a constant smell in my bathroom that I can not find or repair …" suggestions? "
Yes …. Flush when you're done
No, I'm kidding Sam.
What you're most likely to smell are sewer gases. All drains in your bathroom lead to a central drain that evacuates sewage from your home to a sewer line or leach field depending on where you live. These drain lines may contain sewer gases such as methane, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and more.
The way we prevent these gases from coming back into your home is by means of a "trap". What's a trap?
A trap, that's when a woman asks you if an outfit makes her heavy ….. It's also a U-shaped elbow in the drainage line that "traps" the # 39; water creating a barrier between you and the
The usual suspects:
In a full bath, there are usually three traps:
A under sink (which is often located in the cabinet of vanity)
A under the tub / shower (which is usually hidden in the floor)
One in the toilet (This one is actually built in the toilet itself)
One or more of them could cause this smell. Typically, if a trap is faulty, you will see signs of water damage under the trap, suggesting that it is not holding water as it should. This would appear in the vanity. For the tub / shower, it can be more difficult as the trap is closed and may show signs of leaking into the ceiling below if it's a bathroom on the second floor
All that being said, the first place I always check the candidate is the toilet and let me explain why.
As I mentioned, the toilets have an integrated trap. This trap allows the toilet to maintain the water level inside the bowl. If there was no trap, the water would run down the drain and the toilet bowl would be empty and dry. When a toilet is installed, it is placed on a floor drain with the help of a wax ring seal.
The wax ring is used to seal the drain outlet at the bottom of the toilet until the drain opens. When a toilet is installed, the ring is placed on the drain … the toilets are thrown on the ring … and the toilet bolts (also known as cupboard bolts) are pretty tight to lock the toilet in place. If this wax seal ring starts to fail or is not installed properly? The sewer gases can sneak under the toilet, causing a suspicious smell to your bathroom. It can also escape from the water, sometimes invisibly, as each hunt can damage the floor hidden under the toilet.
How to Repair a Toilet Joint:
1) Turn off the water supply of your toilet
2 Rinse the toilet and hold the handle down to drain as much water as possible tank and bowl.
3) Disconnect the water supply line
4) Disconnect the two bolts from the cabinet while holding the toilets on the floor
5) Lift the toilets vertically and place them on the side. Try to lay either old towels or a rag underneath, because the wax ring can be glued on the underside and make a mess of everything that touches it. In addition, it is difficult to evacuate any water from the toilet without pumping it and any inclination will cause it to leak from underneath.
6) You will now see the drain flange on the floor. Scrape off any excess wax on the flange to prepare it for a new wax ring.
I suggest buying a jumbo ring with an integrated flange to get the best seal. They often come with new cupboard bolts in case your old ones are unwanted.
7) Be sure to inspect and clean the bottom outlet of the toilet to remove any excess wax that may be stuck to the toilet. PAY ATTENTION! As I mentioned, when you flip the toilet, excess water will overflow. I like to take the toilet in the tub or shower for this maneuver if possible. In addition, the wax that the rings are made can make a mess of things that it comes in contact with. Do your best not to pick on you, your floors, your dog … your children.
8) Place the new wax seal in place on the floor, place the cupboard bolts so that they are straight and ready for the toilet.
9) Drop the toilet making sure the bolts slide into the two holes in the toilet base and press down. You should feel the toilet raised from the floor when you press it in place until the base touches the floor. This is the wax seal ring that deforms and creates the seal you need. If the toilet hits the floor with a rattling sound, the gap between the drain flange and the toilet outlet may have been too big for the wax ring to seal. You may need to stack a standard secondary wax ring on top to create a seal (this is not ideal, I would prefer to have a new toilet clamp installed at the proper height, but this is not the case. not rare.)
10) Tighten the cabinet bolts, being careful not to use too much torque. You do not install tires on a race car here, so go gently Mr. Goodwrench. You just want to keep the toilet in place, do not break the porcelain base of the toilet or damage the drain flange.
11) Reconnect the water supply, open the water and allow the tank to fill.
12 Rinse several times to make sure things are sealed and that there is no seepage of water and that's … you reinstalled with successfully wash your toilet with an appropriate seal.
Sometimes there may be complications from broken toilet flanges, closet bolts or rotten subfloor. If you find this in your situation, it will have to be repaired before reinstalling the toilet.
Good luck and if you have any other questions, be sure to ask an expert in home improvement!