Your toilet is one of the most important fixtures in your home, and the flange is a critical component of it. If your flange is not installed properly, it can cause serious damage to your bathroom floor and create an uncomfortable bathroom experience. Learn how to correctly set the height of your toilet’s flange for a successful installation.
What is a Toilet Flange?
Before we discuss how to set the height of your toilet flange correctly, it is important to understand what a toilet flange is. A toilet flange is a circular ring that connects the bottom part of your toilet to the drainpipe in your bathroom floor. This fixture holds your toilet securely in place and prevents leaks from seeping out onto your bathroom floor. It is usually made of plastic.
A toilet flange often comes with pre-drilled holes for easy installation but it is essential to measure the height of your flange before installing it. If the height of your toilet flange is not set correctly, you might end up with a wobbly toilet or an uneven flooring surface.
What is The Correct Height For a Toilet Flange?
The correct height for your toilet flange depends on the type of flooring you have in your bathroom. Generally, it should be placed flush with the finished floor surface. Once you know the correct height, you can mark it on the drainpipe so that it is easy to see when installing the flange. Generally, it is easier to get the right height if you install the flange after the completion of your toilet flooring.
How to Set The Height of a Toilet Flange That is Too Low
If the toilet flange is too low, it may create problems with the seal of the toilet base. To fix this, you will need to raise the flange so that it is at its correct height. You can do this in several ways.
One way is by using a flange extension kit. The extension kit is placed over the existing toilet flange and will raise it to the correct height. Another way to fix the problem is to stack wax rings to create a seal between the flange and the toilet base. The flange is then set into the lowest wax ring.
If neither method works, you should contact a licensed plumber to make the necessary adjustments.
How to Set The Height of a Toilet Flange That is Too High
If the toilet flange is too high, it can cause an unstable and wobbly base. To fix this, you will need to cut off some of the height from the flange. You can do this with either a hacksaw or an angle grinder. Be sure to wear safety glasses and ear protection as the sparks from the cutting can be dangerous.
Once you have cut off some of the height, check that the flange is level with your finished flooring. If necessary, adjust it further until it is flush with the surface. Finally, make sure that you have a secure seal between the toilet and the flange.
How to Fix a Misaligned Toilet Flange
Follow these steps to fix a misaligned toilet flange:
- Take Out The Old Flange: Put on your safety glasses and gloves, then loosen the bolts that hold the flange in place.
- Clean The Surrounding Area: Remove any old sealant or other debris from the surrounding area.
- Reinstall The Toilet Flange: Place the flange on the floor, and secure it with bolts. Apply sealant around the flange, then set the toilet in place.
- Make Adjustments As Necessary: Depending on your measurements, you may need to add extra wax rings, adjust the flange height, or use an extension kit for extra support.
- Secure The Toilet: Place the bolts through the toilet and into the flange, then tighten them securely.
- Check For Leaks: Once you have finished making all of your adjustments, double-check that everything is in place. Make sure that there are no leaks from around the seal, and that your toilet is stable on its base. With these steps complete, you can now enjoy a working and secure bathroom fixture
By following all these steps, you can ensure that your toilet flange is properly set and secured. With the right tools and materials, it’s easy to make repairs or adjustments when needed. This will help keep your bathroom safe and functional for years to come.
However, if you find that you are unable to complete the repairs yourself, it is always advisable to call in a professional plumber. A qualified and experienced plumber can quickly assess the problem and provide you with the best solution for your needs.
Contact Bienvenu Brothers to Schedule a Professional Toilet Flange Installation!
Bienvenu Brothers is here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs. Our experienced plumbers can provide fast and reliable installation services for any toilet flange, no matter the size or shape. We understand how important it is to have a secure and properly fitted toilet flange; that’s why we use only the highest quality materials and equipment to ensure your satisfaction. Contact us today at (504) 835-7783 to get started.