Toilet Floor Height Problems
Toilet leakage is one of the most common problems that one may face while using their toilet. This is sometimes caused by rocking toilets, sewer back-ups breaking the wax seal or leaking supply lines. The rocking toilet is usually caused by the toilet flange height compared to floor height, or the floor being slightly off from the original construction.
If there is no water on the floor, no odor, and the toilet is only rocking, sometimes the rocking problem can be fixed without the need of a plumber. Home Depot, Lowes and other Hardware stores sell a part called a wobble wedge. These wedges can be slipped in under the high edge of the toilet. They also are made of plastic and can easily be trimmed to be even with the outer edge of the toilet. If you have caulk around the base, you may need to trim this caulk off before installing the wobble wedges. Place the wedges into the largest gap area, pressing them firmly under the toilet. Then
check to see if that solved the rocking. If the toilet is still rocking you may need to loosen the bolts on each side next to the floor, and push the wedge under a little further. Check again after tightening these bolts to see if that corrected the rocking.
Resetting Toilet if Leaking or Broken Flange
If you have water coming out from under the toilet, it will need to be reset. If you decide you need to replace your toilet click HERE. The best way to do this is to call a licensed plumber to do the job for you, to get the problem solved easily. If you wish to do it yourself, you will need to turn off the water to the toilet. Then disconnect the pipe going to the flush valve. Then remove the bolts holding the toilet to the floor. Drain off all the extra water with a wet/dry vacuum or by dipping it out of the toilet. Place a tarp or plastic trash bag on the floor to set the toilet on. Pick the toilet up and set it on the tarp. Then scrape off the old wax seal and replace it with a new wax seal. Also, place your bolts into the slot for the bolts on the flange. Then reset the toilet, being careful to line up the holes with the bolts. Tighten all the bolts and supply line. Also, add the wobble wedges to help level the toilet. Then check for leaks and add wedges until rocking stops.