When your toilets get-a-rockin’ it might be time for Your 1 Plumber to come-a-knockin’ – but first, a few words on how to fix it yourself.
A rocking toilet can lead to a water leak and damage your home. And the most likely cause is either a cracked or broken flange.
Think you have the “right stuff” to fix it yourself? Well, then let’s have a go at it!
Here’s what you need to get started:
- Nuts and bolts
- Spanner flange
- Wax gasket
1. Remove Water
Turn off the water supply and empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Both the toilet tank and toilet bowl should be completely empty of water.
2. Remove Toilet Bowl
If the toilet tank and bowl are connected with an elbow, remove the elbow. You can remove the toilet bowl by unscrewing the nuts and loosening the bolts that tie it to the floor. The toilet bowl can be removed after breaking the wax seal that secures it to the floor and toilet flange. You will see if the flange is broken and/or cracked.
3. Tighten Bolts
If you don’t see a crack, you probably just need to tighten the nuts and bolts, put the toilet bowl back and make sure no water is leaking and the bowl no longer rocks.
4. Full Flange Replacement
If the full flange needs to be replaced, remove the existing flange. Clean the area. Pour concrete and let it set. Set the flange on top of the concrete and screw it in with the bolts.
5. Wax Gasket
Unless the wax gasket is very new, a new one will be necessary. Set the wax gasket down on top of the toilet flange and ensure that it conforms to the flange and toilet to create a tight seal.
6. Setting Up Toilet Again
The toilet should then be set back on the toilet flange and the bolts should be tightened. The water supply tube should be
connected to the shut-off valve. The flush should be checked to see that there are no leaks.
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