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Update- Still Unresolved: Plumbling Help Please!!! A challenge stumped plumber

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Update- Still Unresolved: Plumbling Help Please!!! A challenge stumped plumber

We would greatly appreciate it if someone could help us figure out our toilet dripping issue. Even willing to send you a gift card if your solution works out ;)

Here's the issue:
We just finished renovating our upstairs bathroom. The one bathroom in the main hallway, was just cosmetic work-changing vanity/tiling/from tub to shower. The master bathroom we changed from single to double vanity, and enlarged the shower and changed existing tub to freestanding one.

No issues with bathrooms prior to renovation. After renovating-our toilet in main bathroom has a dripping sound that lasts up to 10/15 minutes after flushing. We did reuse the same toilet-Toto Ultramax immediately after renovating. The dripping sound appears to come from underneath the toilet. The dripping after flushing is about once every 5-10 seconds after flushing, fading and slowing in frequency over the next 10-15min before finally stopping. The toilet never flushes by itself despite the dripping sound.

At first, we though it was the toilet being reused, so now we've bought a new Gerber one. Same issue with the new toilet. The general contractor and plumber have returned and have no idea what is going on. There doesn't appear to be any dripping/leaking onto the main floor ceiling, nor does there appear to be any leaks around the toilet or anywhere else. When the plumber came, he reviewed the toilet/flushing/added water (no food dye was available) and the result was always the same dripping sound even if the toilet wasn't flushed manually but a lot of water into the toilet bowl to simulate a flush so that the flush did occur.

Any thoughts/suggestion!!! Any help greatly appreciated as we're not using our new bathroom with this new annoying dripping sound.

Update:

What we've tried so far: We've tried pouring hot water down the toilet bowl, these definitely a lot less dripping sounds to almost minimal. It would appear that when pouring water down the toilet bowl, the bowl fills up but to a low level, hence no dripping. However, when we flush, it would appear that the toilet bowl fills and even after flushing, the water in the bowl continues to recede until it seems to hit a certain level and then stop receding which coincides with the cessation of the dripping sound. What would make the toilet bowl water continue to recede after flushing?
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I think you meant to post this in home&garden.

It's not a dripping sound, it's the pipes rubbing in the wall, from movement or expansion/contracting.
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stars78 wrote: We would greatly appreciate it if someone could help us figure out our toilet dripping issue. Even willing to send you a gift card if your solution works out ;)

Here's the issue:
We just finished renovating our upstairs bathroom. The one bathroom in the main hallway, was just cosmetic work-changing vanity/tiling/from tub to shower. The master bathroom we changed from single to double vanity, and enlarged the shower and changed existing tub to freestanding one.

No issues with bathrooms prior to renovation. After renovating-our toilet in main bathroom has a dripping sound that lasts up to 10/15 minutes after flushing. We did reuse the same toilet-Toto Ultramax immediately after renovating. The dripping sound appears to come from underneath the toilet. The dripping after flushing is about once every 5-10 seconds after flushing, fading and slowing in frequency over the next 10-15min before finally stopping. The toilet never flushes by itself despite the dripping sound.

At first, we though it was the toilet being reused, so now we've bought a new Gerber one. Same issue with the new toilet. The general contractor and plumber have returned and have no idea what is going on. There doesn't appear to be any dripping/leaking onto the main floor ceiling, nor does there appear to be any leaks around the toilet or anywhere else. When the plumber came, he reviewed the toilet/flushing/added water (no food dye was available) and the result was always the same dripping sound even if the toilet wasn't flushed manually but a lot of water into the toilet bowl to simulate a flush so that the flush did occur.

Any thoughts/suggestion!!! Any help greatly appreciated as we're not using our new bathroom with this new annoying dripping sound.
Couple of things.

1. Toliet pumbling tube that adds the water to your toliet is not tight enough, we had a similar issue and it created a small flood in our bathroom.

2. Inside the top of the toilet something is either not tight or its cracked and needs replacement.
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We actually changed the flapper on the old toilet, same issue. bought a completely new toilet-same issue. the plumber doesn't believe it's coming from the tank.
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Thanks OP, in for 3 drips!!!

In my 37 years of expert microbiology & engineering & plumbing; I believe you'll have to tear down the entire house and build from ground up. Also maybe the noise is coming from the tank, or your trap to drain piping is causing it - just pretend the noise doesn't exist.
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it appears to not be an issue with the toilet tank. the water does leak from the toilet bowl down, so the level goes down a little bit in the tank before the dripping sound stops
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stars78 wrote: it appears to not be an issue with the toilet tank. the water does leak from the toilet bowl down, so the level goes down a little bit in the tank before the dripping sound stops

Sounds like your trap pipe isn't leveled and is leaking water to the drain.
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JWL wrote: Ah, the Mike Holmes approach!
Lol anyone ever notice for the first few seasons they wouldn't wear masks during demolition and they for sure were ripping up asbestos. Not til like season 4 would he start talking about "we need to bring an abatement crew in here"
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Change toilet fill valve.
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Clogged vent, causing trap to be slowly siphoned. Do all other fixtures drain slowly?
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zigmanroxie wrote: Lol anyone ever notice for the first few seasons they wouldn't wear masks during demolition and they for sure were ripping up asbestos. Not til like season 4 would he start talking about "we need to bring an abatement crew in here"
I heard he was "talked to" by MOL
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zigmanroxie wrote: Lol anyone ever notice for the first few seasons they wouldn't wear masks during demolition and they for sure were ripping up asbestos. Not til like season 4 would he start talking about "we need to bring an abatement crew in here"
Last time I watched the show he was living in a house, a boat, and a RV. Seems to be doing OK LOL
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more clarification: when changing form the bathtub to shower in the main bathroom, they did have to move the drain pipe for the shower from the end of one side to the middle, but the shower runs fine. there's no smell from anywhere and all other draining runs fine, no clogs. we did install a new fan in that bathroom that exits onto the roof I think. no idea if any of these changes would impact anything.
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Remove toilet. Pour water down the hole and listen for the dripping noise. If you hear the noise then it's coming from the hole and not the toilet.
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