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I have tiled the bathroom floor with ceramic tile and

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I have tiled the bathroom floor with ceramic tile and changed to a new commode which I have done several times before. This commode first leaked after three days onto the tile. I changed the wax ring and still a leak. but now onto the ceiling below. I thought the tile was too high so I marked the flange and cut out the tile so the flange could be lower. I screw the flange to the subfloor and with new wax (large) reinstalled the commode. I thought every thing was OK, but NO it leaked onto the ceiling below. Help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

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The flange should sit on top of the tile so the bottom of the flange sits on top of the tile. If you just replaced it you can build it up with spacers/extenders (see attached pic) which you can get at any plumbing supply house and possibly even the big box stores. It sounds like you're not getting a good seal with the wax ring because your flange is too low.