Have I breathed in something bad for me?
September 3, 2012 7:36 PM Subscribe
Is my unseated toilet pipe going to kill me somehow overnight?
posted by unixrat to home & garden (11 answers total)
I'm stripping the wallpaper in my average American bathroom. I went to remove my toilet tank (after all proper drainage/prep steps were taken) and the shifting weight revealed a deteriorated o-ring. After setting tank down, I moved the stool to find that essentially 2/3 of it was rotted into a fine gunk.
Okay, I can replace that. But at current the hardware store is closed and the toilet is sitting to the side of the open pipe. I didn't think this was a problem for some reason and worked in the small-ish bathroom for a couple of hours until I got to the area near the toilet. It suddenly smelled 'off' and I realized that "Hey, this might be a problem."
I jammed a sacrificial towel into the hole but I'm worried that either I've inhaled some levels of badness or poison is seeping around the towel or something.
Googling doesn't reveal much, which I think is heartening. There are warnings about sewer gas, but that's... not this, right?
For what it's worth, I was doing fairly involved cooking work in the kitchen at the same time without incident. I feel my motor and reasoning skills are doing fine.
Am I going to die?