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How to Fix a Rocking Toilet

A rocking toilet can lead to a water leak which, in turn, can cause structural damage. The most likely cause of rocking toilet is a a cracked or broken flange.  Think you have the “right stuff” to fix it yourself?  Then here’s how:!

What you need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Cloth
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Spanner flange
  • Wax gasket 

Step-by-Step Process

Step 1: Remove Water

Turn off the water supply and empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Both the toilet tank and toilet bowl should be completely empty of water.

Step 2: Remove Toilet Bowl

If the toilet tank and bowl are connected by an elbow, remove the elbow.  You can remove the toilet bowl by unscrewing the nuts and loosening the bolts that tie it to the floor. The toilet bowl can be removed after breaking the wax seal that secures it to the floor and toilet flange. You will see if the flange is broken and/or cracked. 

Step 3: Tighten Bolts

If you don’t see a crack, you probably just need to tighten the nuts and bolts, put the toilet bowl back and make sure no water is leaking and the bowl no longer rocks.

Step 4: Full Flange Replacement

If the full flange needs to be replaced, remove the existing flange. Clean the area. Pour concrete and let it set. Set the flange on top of the concrete and screw it in with the bolts.

Step 5: Wax Gasket

Unless the wax gasket is very new, a new one will be necessary. Set the wax gasket down on top of the toilet flange and ensure that it conforms to the flange and toilet to create a tight seal.

Step 6: Setting Up the Toilet Again

The toilet should then be set back on the toilet flange and the bolts should be tightened. The water supply tube should be connected to the shut-off valve. The flush should be checked to see that there are no leaks. 

Need Some Help?  You Can Count on Clog Master.

Not everyone has the tools, time, or patience to tackle a job like this, perhaps including you. If so, Clog Master is ready to jump in and secure your toilet to stop it from rocking and to help prevent any water leakage. For more information or to schedule service, contact us today.

How to Fix a Rocking Toilet