Toilet Keaking

How to change a wax
ring on a toilet.

Toilet Wax Seal

Toilets leak at the base when
the wax toilet bowl seal fails
to do its job.

Over time the gasket ages
and dries up and shrinks
losing its ability to seal.

Instructions here guide you
in changing the toilet wax seal.

How To Fix A Leaking Toilet

Turn the water off, either at
the wall or at the main shutoff
for the house.

Disconnect the toilet from
the water supply at the wall.

Flush the toilet to empty
the tank.

Remove as much water as
you can from the bowl.
Use a small cup and finish
with a turkey baster and
cloth rags to soak up what
is left.

Later the toilet needs to
be turned over so you wan
t all the water removed to
prevent water running
out onto the floor.

Remove the two nuts from
the bolts holding the toilet
to the floor.
One on each side of the

Mark the floor with masking
tape so you will easily see
where the toilet fits to the

Put a line on the masking
tape which lines up with
the bolts.

Lift the complete toilet off
the floor and set it on its
backside on an old towel.

Use a dull knife or a piece
of sharpened wood to
scrape away the old wax

Also clean the floor area
where the toilet sits.

Warm the area of the
toilet where the wax seal
sits with an electric
hair dryer.

Place the new wax ring
onto the toilet and warm
it also.
You want it slightly sticky.

Lift the toilet and using the
masking tape as a guide
maneuver the toilet into place.

Sit on the toilet and slightly
rock to seat the toilet on
the gasket and floor.

Place the holding nuts on
the bolts and tighten snugly,
but do not over tighten
as this could crack the toilet.

Connect the water supply
and turn on the water.

Flush the toilet to test
for leaks.

An option is to silicone around
the base of the toilet.


While preparing the toilet for
installation stuff a wet rag
into the sewer opening.
This will keep sewer gases
from coming into the house.

Remember to remove the rag
before installing the toilet!

Tip For a toilet that often plugs
up at times, add a little
Dawn soap to the toilet bowl,
after each use, this will help
keep it clean.

Not all toilet paper is the same,
some do not breakdown and
disperse, and cause a dam
in the pipes.


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