PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You walk into the bathroom and cringe.
Water is leaking from the base of the toilet. Assuming it is not dripping from the big holding tank on the back of the toilet or a crack in the actual porcelain, the problem likely is a failed wax ring.
That ring creates a seal between the toilet and the flange that leads to the drain.
KDKA’s Rick Dayton will show you how to fix that in about 20 minutes.
The first step is to turn off the water at the wall valve, and then disconnect the supply line from the bottom of the holding tank.
It’s a good idea to get as much water out of the actual toilet bowl to minimize spillage. A Dixie Cup works well as it is small enough to fit in tight spaces.
You can do the same for the big holding tank if you like.
On either side of the toilet, down near the floor, are two small plastic caps that cover the nut and bolt that hold the toilet in place.
There should be a little plastic cap covering the bolt. Use a flat-head screwdriver to gently pop that cap up and remove it.
Then you can use a wrench to loosen the nut and remove the hardware.
Set it aside because you are going to re-use it.
Remember, there is another bolt on the other side of the toilet. Pop that cap, and loosen the nut and set that hardware aside as well.
Those two bolts are all that hold the toilet in place.
Stand over the toilet and lift straight up.
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