If you have a toilet that rocks back and forth or is a bit wobbly, then the first thing to check is if the bolts fastening it to the floor (or toilet flange) are tight. But the closet bolts are likely loose for a reason. If your toilet isn’t sitting on a level or even floor, then even though the bolts were initially tight, the toilet can move and work things loose. The problem is that its not the bolts that will loosen, but the flange is bent or even broken where the bolt was fastened to it as seen in the picture below.
So now you need it fixed, but are wondering how and what the next steps are. There are a couple different options depending on your particular situation:
- The best option is to replace the flange with a new one. To do this you need to cut the pipe below and put in new pipe and fittings accordingly. However, this can be difficult if you have a finished ceiling below that you would rather leave untouched, or if it’s on concrete. In this case option 2 would be better.
- A repair ring can be purchased (shown in the picture below) which gets siliconed and screwed over top of the old flange. This method is quick and easier, but special care should be taken to make sure water doesn’t leak between the new ring and the old flange.
- If you do not feel comfortable with any of these repairs, contact a professional as having a water leak can be very damaging. (519-780-0088 for a Guelph Plumber).