HOW TO INSTALL A WC FLANGE?
Have you ever thought about installing your toilet flange yourself? A toilet flange connects the floor of the toilet to the drainpipe in the bottom of the bathroom. If a toilet leaks from the base, you may need to replace your toilet flange. Actually, this is a very simple process, so I will help you to understand more about it so that you can do it yourself at home. Before we learn how to install, we will name some of the tools needed in this process:
- Toilet flange
- wax bowl
- Adjustable Wrench
- Hacksaw (Optional)
TIPS for the most suitable toilet flange: The best way to know that you have chosen the right toilet flange to remove your current one, and bring it to your convenience store. Although PVC is the most commonly used material for making toilet flanges, they also come in copper, cast iron, aluminum, stainless steel and brass. They also have different shapes and sizes.
Although this is not a complex process, it does require your physical health and proper equipment. The flange is simply the piece of pipe that connects your toilet to the sewer pipe. When you install a new toilet, you need to install a best soft toilet seat. You also need to install it if your current flange is broken or damaged. As long as the right tools and materials are available and you follow exactly the steps below, the completion of this project should only take a few hours. Let’s take a closer look!
Step 1: Preparation
If you are doing something relevant to the mechanism, preparation is very important. It is very important that you spend time preparing, so that everything is fine. If your toilet is installed without a flange or is not properly installed, it may cause your toilet to leak. Not only will this be uncomfortable, it will also damage your home. Licking toilets can also be very uncomfortable and shameful. Finding out how to fix it as quickly as possible will save you a lot of embarrassment.
Lay newspapers or towels next to the bathroom on the floor. The toilet is placed on this after you have loosened it from the flange.
Step 2: Disconnect the water supply
Turn off the water supply to the toilet. Disconnect the water supply hose. Rinse the toilet until it is empty. Use a wet Vac to remove any remaining water in the tank and trap.
Step 3: Remove the toilet
Before you can set up a new toilet flange, you must first remove the toilet that is sealed in the existing one. Now comes the somewhat difficult part. A toilet can weigh more than 120 pounds. It is always best if you can get the help of a family member, a friend or a very nice neighbor. Swing back and forth a few times before lifting to break the wax seal. Unscrew the 2 screws that hold the toilet to the floor with the adjustable wrench and push the toilet out of the way. It may rock a bit before the toilet comes off the wall. The wax seals are designed to prevent gases from escaping from the sewer pipe. When lifting, be sure to use your legs, not your back. Lift it straight up and place it carefully on the newspapers or towels that you have already placed on the floor.
Step 4: Remove the old flange.
With a spatula, the wax is much easier to remove from the flange. Remove the screws that you attach to the floor with your multi-head screwdriver. Save the screws for later. Remove the flange and clean it either in the sink or with a disinfecting cloth. Insert an old rag into the sewer pipe to block unwanted odors or gases.
Measure the diameter of the sewer pipe to determine the correct size for the flange. Then put your old one in a bag and go to a nearest hardware store, hardware store or plumbing and buy a flange of the same size and shape.
Step 5: Install the new flange
Make sure the flange you buy is the same size and shape. In addition to the flange you need a new wax ring. Purchase a new wax ring in the store along with your new flange. The right screws and nuts often come with the toilet flange. If these parts are not included for any reason, you have the ones you saved when removing them. If you were in bad shape, you need to buy new nuts and bolts. The new screws secure the flange against the floor of the toilet.
Screw the new flange to the floor with a screwdriver and the new screws included in the product package. Make sure that there are no gaps between the flange and the base before screwing it in. Secure with your used or new screws and bolts. Once you are in place, you should have two screws for the toilet stand.
Lift the toilet and slide the new wax ring to the floor. Now it’s time to install the toilet, the screws are tightened so that the toilet is stable and does not rock. The gasket should be checked to make sure it is waterproof. Place the toilet on the flange and align the toilet with the new screws. Press firmly down to close the wax ring. Replace the nuts holding the toilet on the flange. Hand-tighten them before tightening them with a wrench.
Step 6: Reconnect the water supply hose.
Turn the water back on. Once the toilet bowl is full, rinse it a few times to make sure it works properly without it leaking. If the floor is dry and the toilet does not wobble, you have succeeded!
We’ve mentioned all the steps to help you install a toilet flange like a professional plumber. Now you can use it in your DIY project (Do It Yourself). Not only does it help you save money, it also makes you a professional plumber in your own home. We hope we can help you to expand your knowledge of your toilet. Do not forget the important things we mentioned above for your toilet to be the best. If you have something to ask or add, do not hesitate to comment in the following section and we will answer you one by one!