Toilet Flange Repair in Kansas City
What is a Toilet Flange?
A toilet flange is a pipe fitting that secures the toilet to the drain pipe in the floor. When connected the contents of the toilet then run into the sewer system. A flange is all known as closet flange a term that dates back to when toilets where called “water closets.” Toilet flanges are made out of PVC, rubber, or various metals. The flange uses a wax ring and is secured by bolts to tightly seal the flange to the bottom of the toilet. The wax ring creates a water tight seal and keeps toilet from leaking as it passes from the toilet to the drain pipe. It also seals against foul sewer gas odors.
Where does the word Flange come from?
According to YourDictionary, the English word flange (“to project”), flanch (“a projection”), from Old French flanche (“flank, side”). According to some flange “comes from the old French word flanchir which means to bend.”
Are toilets always installed using a Flange?
Yes, without a flange a toilet would not sit properly on the drain line thus causing problems. Leaks and water rot would assuredly follow. The wax ring and bolts make sure the toilet is secure and does not shift during use. A toilet flange is critical!
How long does a typical toilet Flange last?
Up to 30 years. A flange and its wax seal will often last the life of the toilet, 20 or 30 years, without needing to be changed.
What are the signs my toilet flange needs replacing?
Signs that it may be time to replace a toilet flange include water leaking at the base of the toilet or a toilet that starts to rock back and forth. Although not the easiest of home repairs, with the right tools and knowledge, it is a doable DIY. If you don’t want to mess with it call the Plumbing Pro at (816) 763-8200
For what reason would you want to change out the flange or wax ring?
- Water leaks
- Wobbling or shifting of the toilet
- When moving or replacing your toilet
- After removing toilet to access the drain line for removal of clog
9 Steps to replacing the flange and wax ring yourself.
- Pull together all that is necessary to change the wax ring or flange.
- New toilet Flange
- Toilet flange bolts
- Wax ring
- The tools – wrench and screwdriver and putty knife (to clean old wax from old flange and toilet.
- Shut off the water to the toilet and remove the water line.
- Remove the toilet by removing the flange bolts at the bottom of the toilet.
- Block the sewer drain with a towel or rag, this will help stop sewer odor or items falling in the drain.
- Clean the toilet and flange, remove all old wax from old ring.
- Install new flange if necessary.
- Install new wax ring, always.
- Set the toilet down on to the flange. Match up the bolts. Press down but not to hard.
- Restore the water line.
If you find these 9 steps stressful, then don’t do it yourself, call a pro. The Plumbing Pro would love to help you install your new toilet, flange and wax ring. Call (816) 763-8200.