The Tale of a Troubled Toilet

We live in Northern Wisconsin, where it gets quite cold, this can cause problems, especially when a house is vacant, you trust that the furnace is working, and that the snowplow didn’t chuck a piece of ice through a window. Well, at the Woodruff house, we are in the Marketing stage for a Great Tenant, my property manager showed it the other night, and called m to say it was quite cold in the house, I almost couldn’t sleep that night thinking about what went wrong, we just put a new furnace in, and the place is rehabbed, the potential of water damage is minimised because we shut the water supply valve when we are not there.

The next morning, I got the kids on the bus, and off I go to see whats up, ye it was cold in the house, we had several days below zero, frost on the inside of the windows, I was nervous about damage.  after a quick Diagnosis, I found a blown fuse fuse at the switch on the furnace, my mistake when installing the furnace, I never looked at the fuse size, apparently 5 Amp is not enough to run this furnace rated to be protected at 15 Amps.


So now Heat is on, and off to make sure everything is ok, well… Slush came out of the sink faucet, and when I flushed the toilet crystals formed in the bowl, AH JUST IN TIME!!! So I thought.

I have a slight drip off the back of the toilet, ok its a new toilet so lets see, everything looks ok, I pull the tank, get some new bolts and seals, still leaks, I don’t want to waste more time so off to ACE Hardware I go, pick up a new everything in one box toilet, and I’m off to the races until I pull the toilet and find this.


In all Honesty it was fine, my handyman had a repair collar on it, but I cracked the non broken side. So off to ACE I go again (its literally a block and a half away if you count going across the parking lot) to find repair flanges, usually i wouldn’t get so excited about a toilet flange, But what I found was well worth sharing. here it is the Hydroseat!!!

This solution was amazing!!! for $20 it will repair a really messed up flange, and make the toilet removeable without the need of a new wax ring in the future.

Oh and after further inspection, the old new toilet had a hairline crack in the tank, it may have been there a while, or the tank froze enough to cause it, eithr way, my total fix was a few hours and $100 so not the end of the world. Let this be a warning, if you let a house unoccupied for any amount of time, even when you go on vacation, close your valvea a stop gap to prevent a flood if a freeze up occurs, this could have caused way more damage, but we were lucky with this one.




Woodruff Rental is on the Market

The crew at Otter Rapids construction did a fantastic job on the paint flooring, trim ect!!! I spent last week pull the flexible undersized copper plumbing and replacing it with PEX, install my new shut offs and a bath faucet, installing a water heater, and replacing the furnace, now it’s ready for great tenants. Here are some photos.

Next week we are working on the Tracy st Flip, watch for updates.