If you ask anyone they will tell you that installing a toilet is not rocket science and for the most part they are correct. For a new installation, there is not very much that can go wrong provided the rough-in for the fixture was done to the proper specifications, however, an installation of a new toilet for a replacement is a different story.
First of all, when the old toilet is removed you need to have a close inspection of the wood underneath to determine whether or not there has been a slow leak from the previous fixture. This would show up as a dark stained colour around the old flange which could possibly soften the wood to the point that a secure installation for the new one could be a problem. In this case, it would be recommended to change a small section of the floor with new wood… such a procedure could be achieved with very little damage.
The next inspection should be the actual toilet flange itself… an older plumbing system will have a cast iron flange with lead caulking around it. An older flange has only two small slits in the side to accept the bolts and they aren’t very forgiving. One should lock the bolts in place on the flange with a set of washers and nuts before setting the new toilet.
There is also the possibility that over the years, renovations have been done in the bathroom where a new layer of plywood and ceramic tiles have been installed, which would make the actual toilet flange sit lower on the floor than normal.
The first problem now is whether or not the closet bolts will be long enough to properly secure the fixture. These bolts now have to extend from the old flange up through the new floor and tile and then through the porcelain of the bowl with enough thread to successfully install the flat washer, the cap washer, and the nut. Even if you purchase long bolts, in some cases it isn’t quite enough. Contact our Toronto Plumbers Now.
In a case like this there are repair flanges you can purchase which are around 3/8” thick , made of plastic which can be screwed down on top of the original flange (provided the original is plastic) and raise the height of the lockdown slots thereby bringing the toilet bowl closer to the level of the floor allowing the installer to use only one seal or gasket, be it sponge rubber (come in a variation of thickness) or a wax seal.
Our preference on a wood floor is sponge rubber since the wood floor may still have some minor movement with the house and a wax seal once set is not going to change. On a concrete floor, they are great! In a two-story house, you want to be certain that this toilet is not going to be slowly leaking when you leave.
When you tighten down the bowl it should not be so loose that it will move when sat upon, however, on the other hand, it making it too tight could eventually crack the porcelain bowl due to stress.
Over time you can learn a nice snug torque that falls somewhere in between and will stay in position forever.
We also fix all plumbing issues with Toliet or Bathtub; no matter it is toilet plug, toliet overflowing, clogged and blocked, we can fix it for you. You need a professional on those issues as they often related to Drain issues, specially when the toliet is completely clogged, as it could be clogged toilet drain or pipe, may need professional drain snake to locate and fix the issue, problem with drain can can get a lot worse if the issue was not dealt with promptly.
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While all the above is possible on your own, there are many areas that can cause you issues and trouble in the future. We at DrainCom have 20+ years experience and no matter your home we have encountered before, plus your toilet installation will always be guaranteed.