I recently remodeled a bathroom, including new tile and wall finishes. I had a new toilet (American Standard, Cadet model) professionally installed. Since then, I have been getting a strong chemical smell from the bathroom. I ran water in the sink and tub to verify that the traps were full, and caulked around the base of the toilet. A week later, with the smell still there, I took up the toilet and re-installed it myself to make sure it was done right. The smell is still there.
I contacted the plumber who installed it originally, and he suggested possibly a defective toilet? Does this sound reasonable to anyone? Does anyone have any suggestions?
Some things I have noticed:
1. The smell varies in intensity.
2. When I removed the caulk to re-install it, I noticed a viscous liquid on it that smelled strongly.
3. The plumber used a white compound between the flange extender and the subfloor/drain. I am assuming that this is enough to prevent odor from escaping underneath the flange extender. No rubber gaskets were used for the flange extender.