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    Default Bathroom Odor

    I've read through the previous posts on this topic and haven't found anything that quite matches my situation. Here are the details...

    Period in question: 8/5-8/12/2012
    Weather during period in question: hot and humid, some rain, some sun,light breezes or still
    Bathroom: powder room with sink, located on middle floor. We have a basement below, second story above.
    House: built in mid-1970s
    Sewer/Septic: Sewer
    History: We've lived here 24 years, replaced all toilets 1 year ago, everything OK until this past week.

    The odor smells like a chemical toilet, rather than sulfur or raw sewage. Seems to wax and wane: at its strongest, I could smell it from the top floor of the house; at its weakest, it was barely detectable.

    I'm baffled because the toilet and sink are used daily, so the trap should have water in it. The toilets were replaced a year ago, so I'd expect any issues (such as a punctured sewer line) to manifest themselves before this.

    I'd appreciate any help.

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    I'd guess a wax seal issue on the toilet. From being used over the past year it could have shifted enough to allow for a less than "gas tight" seal.

    Maybe the base wasn't tightened enough or if the floor is out of level a little bit and the toilet has a little bit of rocking action to it that could also contribute to a bad seal.

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    The terlit seals are the usual culprits. If this is a recurring problem, then I'd suggest not using a wax seal, but instead using a SaniSeal. They are a lot more forgiving to movement and excessive plunger-ing. Especially if you have children who want to know if Barbie can swim.

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    Step one: do what suggested and look at the wax ring. You can:
    - add a ring, fasten the hold down screws, but don't crack the bowl. But if the double ring is too thick,
    - replace with a saniseal.

    See if this helps - if not, write back. If yes, let us know please.

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    Thanks to all who've responded. As far as I can tell, the toilet isn't rocking, it hasn't been plunged, and Barbie hasn't been swimming in the bowl. My husband has (reluctantly) agreed to check the ring. I'll post an update once we've taken that step.

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    I hope he means "replace" it when you say "check" it. After all it's only a $3 trial and error step! And once you pull up the toilet I wouldn't trust the seal on trying to re-set the toilet with the old one on it!

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    Quote Originally Posted by bp21901 View Post
    I hope he means "replace" it when you say "check" it. After all it's only a $3 trial and error step! And once you pull up the toilet I wouldn't trust the seal on trying to re-set the toilet with the old one on it!
    Good point: most wax rings break off when the toilet is raised, so they are basically for 1 time use. Once the toilet is out, it will be your choice which ring to use. Obviously, buy them before you remove the toilet !

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    What to look for when you remove the terlit you ask?

    1- Black/brown clay/fuzzy looking material on top of the wax ring.

    2- Black/brown clay/fuzzy looking material on the bottom of the terlit.

    3- Black/brown clay/fuzzy looking material on top of the floor.

    4- Anything moving on its own, no matter how slowly.

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    I'd suggest not using a wax seal, but instead using a SaniSeal.

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    Default Re: Bathroom Odor

    Quote Originally Posted by Myong Krois View Post
    I'd suggest not using a wax seal, but instead using a SaniSeal.
    Wax seals have been working for many years. I see no reason to change if it's not broken don't fix it.

    John

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