I just replaced the wax ring under my toilet. Now when you flush, it leaks worse than it did before! I am so confused! Is there something else that needs to be replaced?

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    Have you determined where the leak occurs? Did you clean the old wax off completely before replacing? Did you use the right size ring? – The Evil Greebo Dec 11 '12 at 18:08
  • And did you install the new ring correctly? Only pushing down, not rocking to the side or pulling up? – BMitch Dec 11 '12 at 18:11
  • yes I believe that may have found the issue I found a tile under the toilet protruding over another tile and I think that maybe it is not allowing the toilet to sit flush on the floor! is there a way to seal the toilet without having to rip up the tile? – Josie Henry Dec 11 '12 at 18:33
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    use two wax rings, but be sure toilet is sitting flush on the floor. Is your flange much lower than the tile level? – shirlock homes Dec 11 '12 at 20:19
  • How much higher is the one tile above the other? – Tester101 Dec 11 '12 at 20:49

As alluded to by 'The Evil Greebo', there is an oversize (thicker) wax ring readily available. Make sure there are no obstructions on the toilet flange and bottom of the toilet.


I would recommend against using 2 wax rings due to the increased possibility of leaks. Short of hiring a plumber to raise the flange, there are products like this that allow you to raise the flange and still follow building codes.

Extension kit

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