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 Eljer Floor Mount-Back Outlet Toilet
Author: retrogem (NJ)

I have a Eljer Floor Mount-Back Outlet Toilet. It is set in tile both on the floor and the wall. It is now leaking into the room (den) below it. Not all the time but enough to know that something is wrong. Is there any way to reach the plumbing to the toilet without breaking up the tile or cutting a hole in the wall in the room located next to the bathroom? This was installed prior to when we purchased the house.

Help if possible. Thanks.

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 Re: Eljer Floor Mount-Back Outlet Toilet
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

After all those years, the wax gasket may have become defective and need replacing. The toilet will have to be removed to access the wax gasket.
If you are not comfortable with the job, call a licensed plumber.

Do it right the first time and have peace of mind.
Best Wishes

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 Re: Eljer Floor Mount-Back Outlet Toilet
Author: e-plumber (NY)

I've seen plenty of floor mounted/rear outlet toilets set in tile floors :X I believe the reason is that no one bothers to raise the drain stub-out for the toilet during remodels or new floor tile installations because it could get quite involved w/ this type of rear outlet drain/vent roughing... BUT to have the tank tiled into the wall? I don't know what happened there...

It sounds like you have your hands full on this one, might even need to chip/chisel around the footprint to pull the toilet in order to inspect and/or replace the toilet seal.

e-plumber
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 Re: Eljer Floor Mount-Back Outlet Toilet
Author: jimmy-o (CA)

To replace the gasket requires moving the toilet away from the wall. End of story./

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 Re: Eljer Floor Mount-Back Outlet Toilet
Author: hj (AZ)

Before you "tear up the floor, or break open the wall", how about finding out WHERE the leak is coming from. Once you do that, THEN you will know if either is even necessary.

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 Re: Eljer Floor Mount-Back Outlet Toilet
Author: Scott old boy (ID)

I've recently seen an ad on TV for a Fein Multitool that will cut right through tile. With one of these you could cut around the toilet then lift the toilet up and out of the tile floor. Replace the leaking wax ring on the back of the toilet with a neoprene foam ring, reset the toilet and calk around the toilet with some Polyseamseal or matching grout. I believe the multitools cost around $300 but cheap compared to a new tile job. A good tool rental may have them for rent.

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