Ever wonder how your toilet is connected to the pipes that run underground? Many people have this misconception that the toilet is attached firmly on the floor of the bathroom. Wrong. It is actually connected to a toilet flange. A toilet flange is a kind of pipefitting that connects the toilet to the pipes below. It is round and has a steel mounting with a hub that is connected to the pipes going to the septic tank. A toilet flange is also damaged over time. You have to replace it after several years to avoid toilet water and waste from seeping in to the floor. This is a very gross sight, not to mention stinky and may pose health risks to the house’s occupants. Replacing the toilet flange is pretty easy. Read on to learn more about replacing a toilet flange.
- Prep the things that you will need. You have to purchase a new toilet flange, a wax ring, a few inches of PVC pipe, a pipe coupling and PVC glue. You will also need a wrench.
- Remove the toilet. Unscrew the bolts that attach the toilet to the flange. Set the toilet aside, making sure not to spill water from the flush tank. Clean the bottom of the toilet to remove the wax from the previous wax ring.
- Remove the old flange. Use the wrench to free the old toilet flange. Once the bolts have been removed, use the PVC glue to attach the coupling and the new PVC pipe. Attach them immediately to the hole on the floor. Make sure that the pipe’s measurements are correct and that the pipe is fitted tightly and securely.
- Install the new flange. Attach it to the new pipe. Replace the bolts that connect the flange on the floor. You can now stick the wax ring on to bottom of the toilet. Make sure to leave a few inches of wax ring to be attached to the flange. Press the toilet down on the flange firmly. Test if the toilet is secure by shaking it a bit. You will know if it is still wobbly and you need to apply more pressure in pressing it down on the flange.
- Secure the toilet. Put back the nuts that secure it on the flange. Tighten them firmly so that no toilet water will come out of the connection. Test again by shaking the toilet to see if it still needs to be tightened more.
- Discard of the old flange properly. Make sure that you dispose of it the right way, since it contains millions of bacteria. Make sure that your children will not get hold of it, else they may get in contact with the bacteria present in the old flange and get sick.
Toilet flanges come in different materials. They may be made from steel, brass, copper or plastic. It is best to use the one that you have been using ever since. Always take precautionary measures in doing this job. Wear work gloves to prevent your hands from getting dirty, and goggles, to avoid small matter from getting into your eyes.