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The Inspector Newsletter
October 2017: Bathroom Inspections
Snapshots From The Field

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Snapshots From The Field
  1. All toilets should be slightly lifted as shown to vent properly.
  2. This toilet should be marked defective. Toilet bases are to be firmly attached to the floor. Pencils should not be used for balance.
  3. The photo demonstrates the best way to fix a sagging floor under a toilet.
  4. This is one way to space out a toilet to set an extra-large wax seal.

Correct Answer B.This toilet should be marked defective. Toilet bases are to be firmly attached to the floor. Pencils should not be used for balance.

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS

Protecting Your Bathroom From Leaks

Replacing deteriorated, cracked or missing caulk around the seams in a tub or shower protects against leaks in the area, an all too common occurrence. This includes caulking seams between the shower and tub and seams between the tub and the flooring or wall coverings as necessary.

Noteworthy News

A few tips for making the job go smoothly include:

  • Use a silicone or an acrylic sealant (tub and tile caulk) that is made for use in wet or nonporous areas.
  • When opening a tube of caulk, less is more. Cut just a little off the nozzle tip and test the bead. You can always cut more.
  • Remove the old caulk completely and treat visible mildew before adding new caulk.
  • Using painter’s tape just above and below the seam will help ensure an even bead of caulk. Remove immediately to allow caulk to seal correctly.

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