(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Two piece toilets - leak potential??

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member goshenplumber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    WV
    Posts
    23

    Default Two piece toilets - leak potential??

    Terry,

    Thank you for the wonderful web site. I am using it almost
    exclusively to determine which toilet to purchase to replace my 50 year old
    clunker.

    I have a question about The Eljer Titan. We are leaning towards this
    item but are concerned about two piece toilets and the potential for
    leaks. What is your experience with two piece toilets leaking at either
    the gasket between tank and bowl, or at the bolts that hold the tank to
    the bowl? Are there preventative measure that one could take to
    minimize or eliminate the possibility of such leaks?

    Thank you.

    David

  2. #2
    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    9,001

    Default

    Properly assembled, it is not something to worry about. There are literally tens of millions of two piece toilets installed around the country. Most will never experience a leak in their normal lifetime.

    Now, is the tank to bowl junction an area that can leak, well of course, but the occurrences are so infrequent as to not worry about. Many other important considerations such as price, style, availability of repair parts, and flush performance give you enough to think about!

  3. #3
    DIY scratch-pad engineer leejosepho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Posts
    2,474

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    Properly assembled, it is not something to worry about ...
    Yes, no problem there. The bolts have seals where they meet the inside of the tank, there is a special gasket between the tank and the bowl, and that particular connection is only wet during flushing.

    If you assemble a new one yourself, tighten the bolts evenly so the tank pulls down straight and level until it seats on the bowl and do not tighten those bolts any further.

  4. #4
    DIY Senior Member TedL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    NY Capital District
    Posts
    604

    Default

    As a preventive measure:

    Search this forum for a post by Terry in which he describes sanding beneath the tank bolt sealing washers to insure a leak free installation.

  5. #5
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Posts
    25,655

    Default leak

    ANYWHERE there is a gasket, it can leak someday. Rubber may dry out and fail, but that is not a reason to reject a 2 piece toilet, since on any particular unit it may never happen.

  6. #6
    Plumber Cass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    5,984

    Default

    If assembled correctly the odds are probably 99.9% in your favor of never having a leak.

  7. #7
    DIY Senior Member CarlH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northern VA
    Posts
    175

    Default

    As long as the tank is properly installed *and* it uses brass tank bolts, you are unlikely to see a leak. I have on at least two occasions had a leak at the tank where one of the tank bolts rusted through. This was on toilet that was approx. 20 years old.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •