Connect with us

Home Improvement

How to Know When Your Toilet Seal Needs Replacing (and How to Do It)

No one wants to walk into the bathroom and step in a puddle of water. Your first thought is usually, “Oh God, what did I just step in?” As you hop around on one foot. This is if you’re lucky. In other cases, you may be cleaning around the toilet and notice soft spots in the flooring. This can cause dollar signs to blind your vision, and rightfully so. In both cases, a well worn toilet seal may be the cause. The good news is you can be on the lookout for signs that show you need to replace the seal and this is a job you can do on your own.
What Is the Toilet Seal?
The toilet seal sits between the toilet and the floor and acts as a gasket. The seal is made of wax and over time will become loose, cracked, or disconnected from the floor. This allows water to seep into the flooring, causing rot and structural damage to the flooring. A replacement seal can be purchased in any hardware store.
How to Determine If Replacement Is Necessary
The first sign you’ll notice is moisture around the tank. If the supply line is tight and condensation isn’t a problem, a toilet seal is usually to blame. When the toilet seal becomes cracked or loose, water leaks onto the floor. If not repaired immediately, the moisture will cause your flooring to rot. This will eventually lead to soft spots in the flooring and a major repair job.
Prepping the Area
First things first, put on a pair of rubber gloves and lay down towels around the area. Next, you’ll want to shut off the water supply line to the toilet and flush the toilet until all the water is removed from the toilet and tank. Unbolt the toilet from the floor and disconnect the supply line. Gently rock the toilet back and forth to break any remaining seal between the toilet and flooring. Remember to lift with your knees when moving the toilet as this is a heavy, cumbersome item to move. Once removed, use a scraper to remove any wax from the old toilet seal.
Installing the New Seal
Unwrap and the new seal and center it over the hole in the floor before pressing down. Set the toilet back in place, keeping it as level as possible. Sit on the toilet to ensure a good seal, reattach the nuts to the bolts and tighten with your fingers before reconnecting the water supply line. Turn on the supply line and allow the toilet to fill with water before flushing a few times. Check the area for moisture. If the area is dry, seal the area around the bottom of the toilet with caulk and thoroughly wash your hands.
It’s not a fun job, but doing this job yourself can save you a lot of money. Best of all, you’ll feel proud of yourself for accomplishing a job that plumber’s charge hundreds of dollars for.
About the Author: Nathan Ford and his wife remodeled their master bathroom. They replaced the toilet seal, added a toilet bidet seat, and retiled the entire room.

Recent Posts

Travel1 month ago

Best Places To Visit In The North Of England

If you live in England, you will know there are many different places to visit for the weekend. There are...

General1 month ago

Green Home Improvement Ideas

In a world where environmental concerns are growing, the concept of “green” has gone beyond a trendy catchphrase and is...

Lifestyle2 months ago

How to Host an Unforgettable House-Warming!

The time has finally come. You have moved into your dream pad, and are officially adulting in your very own...

Autos2 months ago

A Guide to Parking Lot Striping

The journey to a well-striped parking lot begins with the right paint. In this brief guide, we’ll unravel the mystery...

Business4 months ago

Business Tips For Protecting Your Finances During A Recession

In 2023, taking the necessary steps to protect your finances for your business is now more important than ever. The...

Lifestyle5 months ago

Tips For Cleaning Your Trainers

If you’re into your trainers and streetwear, you’re likely to be very conscious of keeping them looking their best! So,...

Marketing6 months ago

Branding Trends For Start-Ups in 2023

Branding is incredibly important as it impacts how your business reaches and connects with its target market. If you’re branding...

Business6 months ago

Avoiding the Wrong Kind of Growth

Growth is vital for any business – some models, like tech start-ups, are built around periods of dramatic, explosive growth...

Business6 months ago

How To Become A Property Developer

There are several reasons why an individual will want to become a property developer. One of the main reasons for...

Tech8 months ago

What Is The Difference Between Cyber Attacks and Cyber Threats?

If you own a business that uses the cloud to manage workloads, you have probably heard of the terms cyberattack...

Marketing8 months ago

3 Types of Marketing Every Small Construction Business Should Do

Construction is a very saturated sector, whether you’re a large or small construction company, so marketing should be at the...

Business9 months ago

How Relevant Life Insurance Plans Can Future-Proof Your Business

Last year, UK inflation reached the highest level that it had been for decades. The markets became unsteady and nervous...

Autos9 months ago

In a Car Accident? Here’s How to Find a Great Lawyer

If you’ve recently been in a car accident, you know that it can be an overwhelming experience. Not only do...

Education9 months ago

Considering Therapy? Here’s a Few Common Therapy Techniques Explained

If you’re considering therapy as a means to improve your mental health, you may be curious about the type of...

home repairs home repairs
Home Improvement9 months ago

Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never DIY

DIY home repairs are all the rage these days. But before you jump on the bandwagon, there are some things...