When a toilet is working correctly, most homeowners can easily take for granted the various parts of a toilet that work together. But, when a toilet falls into disrepair, constantly clogging, running or leaking, it’s often time to start learning about the various parts and functions of a toilet.
The toilet flange is an important element of the toilet, and often can be the cause of a leak. When a flange is loose, broken or has been improperly installed, the toilet will leak from the bottom which can cause water damage and even release sewage into your bathroom.
How To Check Your Toilet Flange
It’s important to regularly check around your toilet for signs the flange might need to be repaired.
- Are there leaks around your toilet?
- Are there unpleasant smells coming from the base of your toilet?
- Does your toilet shift or rock when you sit on it?
A rocking toilet is a leading indicator that there is something going on that needs immediate attention. There can be a variety of reasons for a rocking toilet, a toilet leak or smells emanating from the toilet; however, often the flange is the culprit.
Is the flange properly secured? If you’ve recently redone your bathroom flooring, you will want to ensure the flange has been secured to the floor. Sometimes the toilet flange height will need to be adjusted.
Is the flange clogged? Toilet blockages can often be caused by a clogged flange. If you can’t access the blockage, or you do not have the proper tools to make this repair, it’s important you call your plumber.
Is the flange broken or cracked? If there is water pooling at the bottom of your toilet, your flange might be cracked. In this case a flange replacement is necessary. The water leakage could also be caused by a broken or loose wax ring. A plumber can help assess what is causing the leak and make the correct repairs to prevent the problem from occurring again.
The flange is an important element of your plumbing system and it’s important to ensure it’s properly working. If your toilet is shifting, you are noticing a leak around the base of your toilet, or you are experiencing other toilet issues, call Moore’s Plumbing - Mesquite. We’re experienced in bathroom and toilet repairs and can get your toilet running again quickly.
Call us today at 972-342-3709.