A toilet that is in good working order is vital for a functional and comfortable bathroom. It could be that a low-flanged toilet is the cause of your toilet wobbling around or leaking at its base. The toilet flange attaches the toilet to both the floor and waste pipe. The toilet flange can be problematic if it’s too low.
We will guide you step-by-step on how to fix a low-flange toilet, which will ensure a leak-free and stable installation. You can fix your plumbing by following these simple instructions.
Assess the Situation
Be sure to check the situation before raising the toilet’s flange. You should look for any signs that the toilet base is moving or leaking. The flange may be too low or there could be gaps between your toilet and floor.
Gather the Tools and Materials
For a raised toilet flange you will need a few materials and tools. This includes a flange extender, a hacksaw and/or reciprocating tool, PVC primer cement, adjustable pliers (or a putty-knife), and a screwdriver. By having these items available, the process will be smoother and faster.
Remove the Toilet
Remove the toilet to access the flange and raise it. Begin by turning off the water to the toilet. Then flush it to empty the tank. Disconnect the water line and remove nuts holding the toilet bolts to the floor. To prevent damage, carefully lift the toilet and place it straight up on a protected surface.
Remove the existing Flange
Check the existing flange to determine if it is in good condition or if an extension kit can be used to raise it. If the flange has been damaged or is in bad condition, you should replace it. Remove the old flange from the drain pipe with a hacksaw. Cleaning the area around drain pipes will ensure a good seal for the new fitting.
Install the Flange Extension or New Flange
If the existing flange is in poor condition, you may need to install a flange expander. Place the flange expander carefully over the existing flange, aligning it with bolt holes. Use the screws provided to attach the extender. When installing a flange for the first time, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on how to secure it and position it properly.
Installing the Toilet
It’s now time to install the toilet after the flange or extender has been replaced. Place a new wax band on the flange. As you lower the toilet, make sure to align the bolt holes on the wax ring with the floor screws. Gently press on the toilet to seal it. The nuts are used to attach the toilet bolts to the floor, but do not overtighten to prevent damage.
Test for Leaks & Stability
Turn on the water and let the tank fill. Check around the base for leaks. Also, make sure that the toilet is securely placed on the ground. Shake the toilet gently to ensure its stability. If necessary, adjust or tighten floor bolts in order to eliminate movement.