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    Default An easy answer?

    We moved into a new house, 18 years old, and the master bathroom - specifically coming from the toilet- now has an intermittant sewer smell. We are on an aerobic system and had the system serviced (pumped out and filter changed) July 13th. The smell began shortly afterwards. I believe it is coming from the wax ring area because the toilet has a little bit of movement and I just found that the rug around the toilet was a little damp (and, not for the obvious reasons). Also, we have flushed the toilet vent stack with a hose and it was clear. Before we undertake replacing the wax ring, are there any other ideas of the cause of the smell? Thanks for helping!

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    DIY Senior Member finnegan's Avatar
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    Aug 2005


    The wax ring would be my first repair. Since the toilet already moves, you should not have much trouble getting it up.

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Sep 2004
    Yakima WA


    It's likely you will need new closet bolts to reset the toilet. These are those brass bolts with an oblong, flat head that fit into the slots of the flange. These are often so corroded that they must be replaced. Easy to find in most any hardware store, plumbing shop, etc..

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    Default To Finnegan and Gary

    Thanks so much for the reply. I appreciate any help given!!!

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    Sep 2004
    New England


    When you reinstall the toilet, make sure to shim it so it doesn't rock at all. Otherwise, you'll be replacing the wax ring again soon.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014


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