Saturday, September 27, 2014

Plumber For A Day

We have a toilet in the basement that was leaking nastiness all over. Hubby had fixed it twice, but it never stayed fixed. He was frustrated, and understandably so. 

The problem was that the back-flush toilet (used because of the cement slab underneath) combined with the rigidity of the sewer pipe and wax gasket meant that the gasket was constantly becoming unseated. And leaking. 

We discussed options. Drill out and plumb the cement slab. Ugh. Make a new, super-duper-solid platform for the toilet. Possible but still ugh. And no guarantee of working. 

I looked on Google for a gasket that has a little give in it. I found and ordered the "Sani-Seal" gasket. For good measure, we decided to add a flexible rubber coupling onto the pipe itself, to make it slightly less rigid. 

Today, we installed everything. We're crossing our fingers that there will be no more leaks!


  1. That is some fine work you did there, getting all the tech there and having all the bases covered. Stuff like that take precision and skill to be done right and expedited, though a few more hands won't hurt. Wishing you all the best that it works out for the long haul!

    Evon Brow @ Athens Plumbing & Well Service

  2. I hope that fixed it. With almost everything reinstalled, there should be no reason for it to have any leaks. Unless the problem is not the gasket, but a valve or a pipe somewhere underneath the bathroom. Hopefully, that wasn’t the case, and that this is the final fix you have to do with this toilet.

    Lovella Cushman @ Perfection Plumbing

  3. You did the plumbing on your own? Wow! Is the problem already fixed? I hope so. It seems that you really gave your effort to settle everything in that bathroom, so kudos to you! Thanks for sharing that, Erin! All the best to you!

    Karla Foster @ South West Houston Plumbing