How to Repair a Broken Toilet Flange
A toilet is an essential fixture in any home. The Western toilet sits like a chair above the floor, connected to the waste disposal drain with a flange. The toilet flange can be made of metal or plastic and it secures the toilet. When the flange breaks, the toilet usually becomes inoperable. Once the flange breaks, the wax seal can also break and this may cause water seepage and damage to the bathroom is invariably the result. Knowing how to fix a broken toilet flange takes some work, but it can be done with a few tools and these steps. Make sure you turn off the water supply and then unbolt the toilet from the broken flange before doing anything else.
1. Clear Away the Old Wax.
The easiest way to get rid of the old wax on a broken flange is to use a paint scraper. Once the wax is removed, take a look at the flange. If one of the tracks is damaged, then a repair plate can fix the issue. If not, then a flange replacement may be necessary.
2. Do You Need to Install a Repair Plate?
Remove the screws that are keeping the flange affixed to the floor. Pry up the broken track so that you can slide the plate. Then line up the tracks of the repair plate and flange and affix it with screws. They will go through the holes in the repair plate and hold it to the flange.
3. Do You Need a Repair Ring?
If you need to install a repair ring, then leave the flange affixed to your subfloor. Place the repair ring on top of the flange, align the tracks, and then screw in the repair to the subfloor using the offset holes.
4. Are You Using a Push-in Repair Ring?
Using a hacksaw, remove the old ring. You'll want to unscrew it from the floor first. Cut across the ring until you can pry the metal through the cut line so that the ring separates from the flange. Then insert the replacement and push down on it until the repair is flush. Screw it down with the bolts from the old ring. Remember to place a new wax ring around the flange opening. Then affix the toilet back into place, turn on the water, and your repair will have been completed.
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