Leakage around the base of a toilet can quickly turn into a major headache if not taken care of. Pulling and resetting the toilet is the best way to fix failed seals and other sources of leaks. This involves physically lifting the toilet out of its position on the floor to reach the seal connecting the toilet horn and the drain line. Leave the heavy lifting up to My Favorite Plumber!
If you’ve noticed dampness or water pooling around the base of the toilet, don’t look the other way—unless you want to pay for ripping up and replacing rotted floorboards. Chances are you have a failed seal where the toilet meets the floor, and the problem won’t go away unless the toilet is “pulled and reset”—in other words, lifted up to get to the source of the problem. Luckily, in competent hands, it’s usually a pretty quick fix.