or “The Joys of Owning a 40 year old home”
Yesterday I was trying to gut it out at work but was very close to calling it an early day so I could go home and crawl into bed.
Well, I did part of that. I did call it an early day.
She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning called me about 2 p.m. with the joyous news that the commode was backed up and overflowing. Not a huge problem — I thought.
Then SWLMMHCEM shared that not only was it overflowing; water was leaking from UNDER the commode. She was able to get the water shut off at the intake line as I was heading out the door.
In the interest of not over-sharing, I will just say that I eventually cleared the line and got the water cleaned up. On the way home, I had grabbed a wax seal thinking that was the problem.
Unfortunately when I removed the commode the real issue was revealed.
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Yep, the wax seal AND flange was stuck on the bottom of the commode because the erosion of the concrete. And the pipe seems to be pushed up a little bit (perhaps foundation shifting over the years.)
So this is where I admit the limits of my ability.
I think I have to:
A.) patch the concrete enough to get a surface for the flange to attach.
B.) Level the pipe with the concrete
C.) install a new flange
What I don’t know is how much concrete I need to chip away in order to make sure the patch stays secure or how big of an area to patch. I’m very concerned that the concrete is crumbling in that whole area.
I do have a couple of phone calls out for people to come look at it but any suggestions or ideas would be helpful.
So any advice from those with more experience?