Flawed toilet install demonstration on national TV......
I was very surprised by the methods used during the airing of a toilet install by a prominent home repair guru this past weekend. The show host's expert plumber, stacked two wax gaskets while setting the bowl, to make up for a closet flange that was installed well below the level of the tiled floor.
Stacked wax gaskets will not provide a long lasting odor proof, or water tight seal. Stacked waxes are prone to failure by probing closet augers, shrinkage, and rodent gnawing. The poor quality of the install was compounded when the plumber failed to caulk the toilet bowl where it met the floor; just one overflow of that bowl will allow soiled water to wick under it, and that water will end up in the depression left by the low flange.
l've removed hundreds of toilets that were set with two or more waxes, and most of those installs resulted in loose tile, rotted subflooring and adjacent framing, and worst of all, a festering stew of some of the nastiest germs on the planet. I'm sure that using two or more gaskets when installing a toilet does not qualify as good workmanship as required by code, and I think all trade skill demonstrations should exhibit the best standard practices.
A plumbers main responsibilty is to provide sanitation; I'm amazed at how often this duty is overlooked - MikeL