Do you have a broken toilet flange? Do you want to replace it but don’t know how? Read this whole article to know-how. We have prepared down below some tips on how you can install or replace a toilet flange properly. Just keep reading until the end for you to know the trick.

Signs that your Toilet Flange needs to be replaced

Do you want to know when to replace your flange? Then, here are some signs that indicate you needed to replace your toilet flange. 

  • LEAKAGE – If you notice some leakage around the base of your toilet, then that means there is most likely a problem with the flange. And there are two possible reasons why it is leaking. First, there might be a crack in the flange. On the other hand, there’s a possibility that the flange has a bigger size than the toilet. If the leak happens due to a cracked flange, you can easily fix this but you also have to replace the wax ring.
  • TOILET IS MOVING – If the toilet rocks back and forth, then you have to replace your toilet flange. This happens because of a broken flange. A moving toilet bowl also happens when it is not installed correctly.
  • FLOOR HAS BEEN BUILT UP – If your old flooring has been torn apart and wanted to replace it, then you have to install a new flange. This is because there is a possibility that the flange may be too high up on the drainage pipe to attach correctly to the new floor.

Tools to be used

If you are planning to replace or install a toilet flange on your home, remember to have all these materials:

  • New Toilet Flange
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Wax Bowl
  • Screwdriver

Steps How to Replace or Install a Toilet Flange

  • REMOVE THE OLD FLANGE – Before we proceed on installing a new toilet flange, you have to remove the old flange first. You also have to remove the surrounding obstructions as well as the wax ring. This is so you can have a smooth and clean surface to start with.
  • PLACE THE T BOLTS – To get the right placement, you have to place the t bolts from your new toilet flange. Remember to keep the threaded shafts sticking upwards and it must not pull through after the final adjustment.
  • SCREW THE FLANGE – Using the adjustable wrench or screwdriver, bolt and screw the flange to twist the fasteners into place. Do not extend the fasteners above the top of the toilet flange as they may prevent the toilet bowl from seating flush to the floor.
  • ATTACH THE WAX BOWL – After screwing the flange, put the wax bowl directly onto the flange to seal the toilet. This is so you could prevent the water and the sewer gas from leaking.
  • FIT THE TOILET – After putting the wax seal, you can now put the toilet onto the flange.

Installing a new or replacing a toilet flange can be challenging. Just follow these steps and you can do it on your own. But if you are not comfortable doing so, just feel free to ask an expert to handle it for you.