Toilet leak
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I'm getting a slight leak at the base of the toilet, no leak from any hose, fitting, etc. The seal is original in 1998. What is the normal life span for the wax ring? 

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Jim
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  Re: Toilet leak by Halfathumb (I'm getting a slight...)
I think that wax toilet seals will last a very long time, presuming a proper installation and with no other issues creeping up.

If it was me, I'd pull that toilet and find the issue for certain.  Look for small cracks in the porcelain, look for floor structural rot/failure, etc.  Even if it just the seal, it has to be replaced as part of the remove/inspect/re-install toilet drill.
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  Re: Toilet leak by Halfathumb (I'm getting a slight...)
I have seen leaky wax rings in other people's houses.  It wouldn't surprise me if it was just the seal
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  Re: Toilet leak by Halfathumb (I'm getting a slight...)
If the toilet rocks at all, the seal will break.
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  Re: RE: Toilet leak by Phil Thien (If the toilet rocks ...)
(09-19-2020, 02:01 PM)Phil Thien Wrote: If the toilet rocks at all, the seal will break.

Yes

Wax rings don't bounce back.
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  Re: RE: Toilet leak by Phil Thien (If the toilet rocks ...)
(09-19-2020, 02:01 PM)Phil Thien Wrote: If the toilet rocks at all, the seal will break.

That's what confuses me. There is no rock and no reason for the ring to fail. But with my luck, it probably has.

Jim
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  Re: RE: Toilet leak by Halfathumb ([quote='Phil Thien' ...)
(09-20-2020, 08:05 AM)Halfathumb Wrote: That's what confuses me. There is no rock and no reason for the ring to fail. But with my luck, it probably has.

Jim

It happens, nothing lasts forever. A swollen floor can make it leak. Imperfect installation. They're cheap.
Did you check the tank gasket? Check it when it's flushing too. If it's hard to tell, slide a paper towel between the bowl and the tank, up to the gasket. See if the paper towel gets wet.
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