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Repair basement ceiling from toilet overflow

Ceiling is soaked. How do I know if it needs replacing or do I just let it dry out?

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    Thank you very much for your response Terry. I really appreciate your taking the time to help!

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If the toilet that overflowed had liquid and or solid human waste in it at the time of the overflow, then it is considered "black water" and a biohazard. You could let it dry out, but you may experience foul odors. It is best to open up the ceiling, clean the area, and repair if this is the case.

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Its most likely the tub seal at the bottom, check and see if the area inside is wet in the middle. You will need to remove the outer panels to do this. It doesn't sound like anything else if the water was left to sit so a replacement of the seals around the center shaft should fix this problem. Let me know if you have any questions about doing this and I would be happy to help.

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Fixing textured (not popcorn) drywall ceiling


If you've got a house built in the 90's, you may well have a textured drywall ceiling with a pattern on it. The most common pattern is a blossom texture with patterns of repeating ridges form circles.

The problem comes when you have to repair this ceiling. Knowing how to duplicate the texture is the problem.

Here are the steps to do this:

Replace/repair drywall ceiling until the surface is paint ready, but do not paint. Sand texture off of some of the adjoining ceiling to avoid a visible border.

Make sure you have a drop cloth down!!! This might drip.

Mix drywall mud down to the consistence of pancake batter. You want it stiff enough not to drip, but pliable enough to texture. The mixture should just barely be pourable.

Pour into a paint roller pan, and using a long nap roller with the lint removed (use masking tape) roll the joint compound onto the repaired area.

Allow to set for a few moments to make sure it won't drip Now get out your stomping (yeah, that's what they call it) tool, and texture the ceiling.

You can buy brushes to "stomp" your ceiling at many paint stores, but they aren't cheap. Instead, you can do what most drywall guys do, and make your own. Go to the store and get an old fashioned string mop. When selecting the mop, look at the head. Some have a rectangular bar holding the strings in place, and some have a round tab, about the size of a quarter. You want the one with the round tab, and get one with strings, not cloth strips.

When you get it home, hold the mop up to the ceiling, and note how long the strings need to be to create the same size pattern. Cut your strings about two inches longer, since the whole string does not hit the ceiling.

Trim the strings to the correct length, then soak the mop for 24 hours to limber them up.

Now back to the stomping. Once you have your drywall mud applied, all you have to do is hold the mop over your head, upside down, straight up, with the strings hanging uniformly around the sides. The mop should be damp, but not wet. You can add a bit of drywall mud to it first if you wish, I do not.

Hold the mop about eight inches below your drywall, and starting at an edge where you can judge where to match the old pattern, "stomp" the mop into the wet mud, just like you were stomping your foot. Immediately pull the mop back, and you should have the same pattern as your ceiling.

Continue stomping until you've covered the ceiling. Afterward, you can wash the mop, and keep it for later if you think you will need it.

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After stomping, let it dry for at least two days before painting.
When you buy your drywall joint compound, look at the prices. You can often get a five gallon bucked for only a couple of dollars more than a gallon. (I always buy pre-mixed, it works great). To preserve the mud you didn't use, after you're done with it, mix a teaspoon of bleach into a cup of water. Level the surface of the mud in the bucket, then pour a layer of the bleach/water mix on top. This will keep the mud from drying or molding.

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The tiles behind my wall hung geberit tiles are cracking and the toilet seems to be moving a little. Ian afraid it is going to pull out of the wall. It has been there for 10 years but is a spare washroom...


Never herd of wall tiles cracking. If you have access to the underside of the bathroom (via basement ceiling), you may want to check of the wall(s) has proper support for load or a non-supported floor plywood joint may have been installed the wrong way/not supported properly. You should be able to see the nails coming through the floor plywood where the wall(s) is located above. You may have to add blocking and/or brace(s) with joist hangers for support as required. Interior wall studs may also been spaced at 24"c/c instead of 16"c/c if the wall tiles were not installed by the builder not accounting for heavier than normal load.

If by chance the washroom is in the basement::
  • Non-load bearing walls (interior non-loading will be supported by the slab.
  • Load bearing walls will be supported by footing foundations
As for your toilet moving: the wax gasket may need replacing if not seated properly (rocking). If it just seems a bit loose, try to just tighten the flange bolts on both sides of the bottom of the toilet after removing caps. If no spacers are present between the bolts and the ceramic, they need to be there to not crack the base or reduce the chance of over-tightening that would do the same. There may be water coming from a shower that's close by or from the sweating of the tank in the humid summer months.

If the ceiling are closed for access below, you have the choice of tackling the job from within the bathroom by removing the some of the plywood floor to inspect the problem OR by the ceiling below. I would should the ceiling below if it was me.

Good Luck!

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Toilet has dripping sound - NOT the flapper


As long as the chain on the flapper is slack after it flushes it will seal.
then put some weight on the flapper just to experiment to ensure a tight seal.
if you can see the drain elbow under the toilet in the basement with the ceiling exposing the drain that would be the guaranteed way to know for sure. I am assuming you have done that.
Last but not least the small line on the fill valve that goes into the overflow could be weeping from the fill valve as this is the bowl wash.. So it will drip or sometimes it runs a bit . If this helps

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My toto toilet was installed with the seal which came with it. A leak started in the downstairs suite and when the plumber lifted the toilet off the floor he said it needed a wax seal as well as the rubber...


That should work. Sometimes if the space between the bottom of the fixture and the top of the collector ring is too large, (ie: the addition of flooring) one can double up on the wax rings also.

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Do you recommend 'sealing' the bottom of a toilet with silicone?


no, it will yellow if p gets on it. Use a flexible acrylic caulk, but not an acrylic adhesive because it will make it hard to lift the toilet in the future without damaging the floor.

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Toilet leaks into floor and lower level ceiling, no water on bathroom floor.


Either wax ring or sewage pipe is leaking. If you cant open the ceiling from below to look for leak you may have to remove toilet inspect pipe and look to see if it was leaking from wax ring and if it could have gone downstairs without leaking out too. If leak couldn't have come from wax ring the leak must be coming from a pipe in the floor. Find the simplest way to access it to repair it.

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