Be asked to "go down there" can have either good or bad connotations. It really all depends on who you're with. In the context of a home inspection I can assure you it's never great and pleasurable fun, but an inspectors gotta do what an inspectors gotta do.
One place you have to get down with is the toilet. Oh yes not a pleasant thought, especially in a strange house. Yet this is an important item to be checked so down on my knees I must go.
Mystery stains are never a pleasant discovery. You just don't know what they may be from. As the ladies are aware men sometimes have bad aim. Little boys are usually the worst offenders. This is due to the fact that their aim has not been perfected by years of writing their names in the snow.
I found some mystery stains around the base of the toilet above just recently. I was not too squeamish about this particular stain. The home was owned by a single older woman so I felt pretty safe getting close and personal with this toilet.
In truth this looked like a serious leak. The floor was wet particularly around the valve. So the next stop was down to the basement.
The next photo is from beneath the toilet. The wood is black because it is saturated. Water was dripping from some boards with the stain extending out in several directions for many feet.
What has in all likelihood occurred is the wax toilet ring has failed. Just to add insult to injury the water supply pipe was leaking at the toilet connection. A double whammy. By the looks of the staining I would guess this has been going on for a looooog time.
So if you see stains around the base of a toilet you may have to go down to see what's up.
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