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A toilet flange is an essential component of a toilet unit. Also known as a closet flange, a toilet flange is a pipe fitting that firmly secures a toilet unit to the drainage system on the bathroom floor, ensuring it does not wobble. Aside from attaching the toilet bowl to the floor, this pipe fitting connects the toilet unit to the drainpipe that carries wastewater away from your home.
This pipe fitting is bolted to the bathroom floor and sealed tightly to the waste pipe by a rubber gasket and a wax ring. A toilet flange that’s in good working condition prevents water and gas leaks. However, a toilet flange can leak due to many reasons.
Let’s look at some of the reasons why a toilet flange can leak.
A toilet flange is attached to the floor with mounting bolts. These bolts can loosen over time and break the watertight seal between the flange and the bathroom floor, thereby causing leaks. Loose bolts can not only cause toilet leaks, but they can also cause your toilet to wobble, rendering it unusable. While tightening the bolts can solve the problem in some cases, it may be advisable to replace the bolts together with the rubber gasket and wax ring to ensure the problem is solved effectively.
A wax ring is installed between the toilet flange and the base of your toilet to create a watertight seal that prevents flush water from leaking. Like other parts of your toilet, the wax ring can wear out over time and lose its seal. A toilet wax ring cannot be repaired. If the wax ring is worn out, you will need to call an experienced plumber to replace it.
A toilet flange can crack or break when your toilet wobbles continuously or due to overtightened bolts. Also, it can deteriorate over time and lose its watertight and airtight seal. The only solution to a cracked toilet flange is to replace it.
A toilet flange should be the right height to work properly. If it’s too short, it will leave a gap where flush water will escape. On the other hand, a toilet flange that’s too long may cause your toilet to wobble and eventually cause leaking.
A leaking toilet flange should be fixed as soon as the problem is noticed to prevent water waste, sewer odors, and water damage in your bathroom. Left unaddressed, a leaking toilet flange can render your bathroom unusable and promote mold growth in your house.
When you’re in need of toilet leak repair in your home or business, you can rely on Mr. Rooter Plumbing to fix the problem and restore your toilet to good working order. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we can fix a wide range of toilet problems, including clogged toilets, toilet leaks, toilets that won’t flush, broken toilet handles, and many more.