Tips For Replacing A Toilet's Wax Ring

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Every toilet has a wax ring, which is what helps the toilet form a tight seal to the flange that surrounds the drain in the floor. It will prevent water from potentially leaking out from the bottom of the toilet every time it is flushed. If a toilet bowl is loose, it will damage the seal that the wax ring helps form. A loose toilet may even be a precursor to a water leak emanating from a damaged wax ring.

While removing a toilet will be straightforward, once that step is finished, you'll be left with this wax ring around the flange that is sticking out of the floor. Replacing the ring can be tricky, but with some plumbing supplies and someone to assist you, the toilet will be repaired quickly.

Tools and Materials

Before you begin, you'll need to gather the following tools and materials:

  • Wrench
  • Replacement wax ring
  • Putty knife
  • Paper towels
  • Disposable gloves

Anything you don't have can be purchased at a local home improvement store.

Remove The Damaged Wax Ring

The wax ring that is around the flange will be sticky and dirty. Use your disposable gloves to keep your hands clean when removing the old ring. Use paper towel to plug the hole in the sewer pipe, which will prevent sewer gas from entering the bathroom while you are working on this project.

The ring is placed on the flange, which helps keep the toilet anchored to your floor. Use your putty knife for scraping that ring off of the flange. It can be difficult, but try not to damage the flange in the process of removing the wax ring. If you are having problems, run your putty knife under hot water before scraping off the ring.

Replace The Ring

Remove any plastic that is covering the wax on the ring. Then turn the toilet on its side to have access to the bottom of the base. The ring should slide over the toilet's drain hole in the middle of the base. Press down on the wax ring firmly so that the wax ring sticks to the base of the toilet.

Place The Toilet Back On The Drain

Remove the ball of paper towel covering the sewage pipe. Then, with the help of a friend, carefully lift your toilet up and onto the pipe. You'll need to align the wax ring with the sewer pipe, as well as align the bolts around the flange with the toilet's base.

Make sure that your toilet is level and not rocking, then secure the toilet back to the flange by placing the nuts through the bolts that are sticking out of the base.

When you are unsure if you can do this job yourself, contact a plumber, such as those found at Maryland Sewer & Plumbing Service, for assistance. 

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