How to Fix Broken Toilet Flange

Fixing a toilet flange is easier than it sounds. A broken flange can cause a constant leak and ruin your floor if you do not address the issue. The steps are relatively easy and it will take you less than 2 hours to replace/repair. In most cases you are just replacing the wax seal around the flange.

Step 1

Get ready. Gather the tools that you will need and some towels or newspapers to place on the floor. You will need an adjustable wrench, a putty knife and your new flange. Lay out the newspapers and/or towels on the floor where you will set the commode once you have removed it.

Step 2

Cut the water supply off to the toilet tank. There is a valve on the pipe coming into the tank that you can simply shut. Once you have the water supply off. Remove the plunger inside the tank and flush the toilet until there is no water left in the bowl.

Once all the water has drained (there will still be some left in the pipes of the commode but it will be minimal) you can move the commode to the side out of the way.

Step 3

Remove the commode from the floor. There are usually only two bolts that have to be removed to be able to lift the commode up and away from the drain. Remove the two bolts and place the commode on the towels/newspapers to catch any leaks.

Step 4

Remove the flange. Once you have the commode up and out of the way you will see the flange pull it out and scrape the remaining wax out of the seal. It is very important that you use the scrapper to get all the old wax out to insure a proper seal of the new ring.

You should also clean the flange. You can wash it in the sink. You may want to take a rag and cover the hole once you remove the flange to keep the smell down a bit. The sewer gas can be very foul smelling.

Step 5

Place the new wax ring and work your way backwards to put the commode back together again. Just replace the flange, followed by resetting the toilet and reattach the flushing mechanism. Your flange will be in tip top shape again. It is that simple.
Posted on Jul 05, 2014


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