Quick post to ask a simple question: What’s your view on caulking around the base of the toilet?
If you Google “caulking toilet base” you’ll get 81,000+ results in .91 seconds. Geez, the internet is wonderful, isn’t it? Got a question about your potty? No problem, somebody has an answer in less than a second.
Lisa and I have been using the cold weather as an opportunity to work on inside house projects. Our logic is simple: when the weather warms up, we’ll feel good about taking off half a day and enjoying ourselves knowing that we got a bunch of stuff done when the weather was bad. So while the weather was crappy, I worked on the crapper.
What’s interesting about the Google search for caulking around the crapper is that you get a 50/50 split on whether it’s a good idea or not. The logic behind NOT caulking around the base of the toilet is that if there’s no caulk there, you’ll quickly find out if there’s a leak. Probably by getting your socks wet when you wake up in the early hours. Those advocating AGAINST caulking say, if your toilet base is caulked, the result of a leaky flange will result in water between your leaky toilet and the floor – and you will not be able to get to it as easily.
I’ve heard from a few friends who’ve had leaky flanges and they reported that the water didn’t show up on the floor in front of their toilets. Rather they found the water going through the floor to the level below.
The caulker “advocates” claim that caulking around the base of the toilet is a good idea because you PREVENT water (or worse) from going down into the floor. I won’t elaborate on the “or worse” part, but suffice it to say there were a lot of parents out there who were potty training boys with a bad aim, and once that got under the toilet, there wasn’t much they could do to clean it up. Mostly it was about water from a nearby tub or shower that got on the floor while people where toweling off. I will, uh, refrain from offering advice on preventing that. ‘Nuff said.
The other reason caulker “advocates” gave was: for providing additional stability keeping the throne attached to the floor. Honestly, I’ve never considered that before. I figured the screws and bolts on either side of the porcelain did that. But I concur that caulking would definitely add stability and maybe even balance it out. Plus it looked better.
Finally, there were several toilet caulkers who claimed that leaving a one each gap at the back of the toilet allowed for a way for water to escape while still providing protection from water (or worse) to get under there. I think those folks say that for a different reason. If you’ve ever tried to apply caulk to the back of the toilet base, you’ll quickly find out that the backside does not lend itself to an easy application. You can’t see what you’re doing, and there’s no room to angle the tube properly. You need hands the size of 2 year old to work effectively behind there.
We didn’t have any problem with the toilet. But we thought a fresh application of caulk around the toilet looked nicer. So after a little talk, we decided to caulk.
Have you ever tried to do this? Do you have an opinion or an experience (that you dare to share)? Do you believe soggy socks are a good early warning system or are you a prevent-defense bathroom caulker? Please take the poll so we can publish the results! Polls open for the month of January.