There’s a good possibility that your toilet leaks because of a damaged toilet-flange. The flange is the metal fitting that attaches to the top of the wax ring and seals the connection between your toilet and the sewer pipe. A leak is likely to occur if one of these pieces breaks or becomes worn. This is a common problem. However, we can help you to fix the problem.
5 Toilet Flange Leak Symptoms
While there are many reasons for a leaky toilet, one of the most common is when the flange or wax ring underneath the toilet is broken, crooked, damaged, or defective. How can you determine if your toilet’s flap is broken, crooked or defective?
Here are five of the most frequent symptoms for a leaky wax ring and a flange in your toilet.
Your bathroom is wobbly. Even if the toilet isn’t leaking, a wobbly one means that the wax rings and flange beneath it are failing. Their primary purpose is to hold the toilet flush to the ground. Wobbling indicates that these components aren’t performing their duties.
Bad odors. Gases can leak into your living area if the wax ring becomes cracked or is falling apart.
Water puddling at the toilet’s base. The problem could be the flange.
If the floor around your toilet feels spongy. This could be a sign that the toilet water is seeping into the subfloor. This could lead to wood rot.
The flooring surrounding your toilet is rising. It’s possible that the flange of the tile or linoleum surrounding the toilet is leaking. This will soak the subfloor and cause it to become uneven.
How to repair a toilet flange
A toilet flange should usually be replaced about every six to seven ton to keep it in good shape. You will need to remove and disconnect the toilet from the water supply in order to repair damaged or loose flanges. Then, remove the old wax ring and flange. Clean out all debris and dirt that might prevent the flange working properly. It’s now time to replace the wax ring with a new flange.
Sometimes, the bolts holding down the toilet become rusty and the nuts can’t be removed easily. To remove existing bolts and to replace them with newer ones, you may need to use a reciprocating or hacksaw.