Slightly embarrassing problem; all help appreciated!
Have posted this in both DIY and Heating/Plumbing as I’m not sure which forum is best for this.
Went to the toilet about an hour ago and knew that there were likely to be “flushing issues”.
Sure enough, when I flushed, the bowl filled up close to the brim, but soon afterwards it emptied out again. While I was waiting for the tank to fill for a second flush I noticed a small amount of moisture on the floor, but not too much. The toilet wasn’t completely cleared, so when the tank was filled again I flushed a second time. Once again it filled close to the brim and gradually started to subside, and now the toilet seems to be empty.
However, I noticed that some water was flowing out of the pipe at the back of the toilet. There was certainly more than during the first flush. I’ve no idea about quantity, but maybe half a cup?? The flow lasted for the duration of the flush. The water was coming from the area where the toilet pipe connects to the drainage pipe. I have taken a photo and marked the area with a red oval. See attached.
I’ve no idea what’s going on here. My guess is that the blockage moved from the toilet itself to the drainage/sewer pipe and caused a backwash of water and hence the leak. Can anybody shed any more light on the problem? Does anybody know what’s going on here? Have I completely blocked the drainage pipe? Is the junction between the toilet and drainage pipe meant to be sealed in some way to prevent this, and has the seal been damaged? Is it safe to use again? I am tempted to flush again just to see what happens; is this wise? Is it safe to just leave it for now, or could some new leak develop even without using it? If I need to get somebody out, do I need somebody to unblock the drains or just a plumber to look at that leak? Really, I know very little about this kind of thing so I would be very grateful for any help.
Thankfully we have other toilets in the house so I can leave it for a few days until after the Bank Holiday to get someone out if needs be.