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How To Fix A Rocking Toilet

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Identifying the Problem with a Rocking Toilet

To fix an unstable, rocking toilet, start by identifying the root cause of the issue to prevent water damage.

First, check if the toilet bolts are loose. These bolts, called closet bolts, secure the toilet to the floor.

If they are loose, the toilet will rock.

Next, examine the condition of the toilet flange, which is the pipe fitting that mounts the toilet to the floor.

A damaged or broken flange can also cause instability.

Lastly, inspect the floor beneath the toilet for any signs of rot or damage. A weakened floor can lead to an unstable toilet.

To address an unstable, rocking toilet, the initial step is pinpointing the underlying issue.

Start by inspecting if the toilet bolts are loose, known as closet bolts, as they secure the toilet to the floor. Loose bolts result in toilet rocking.

Following this, assess the condition of the toilet flange, a crucial pipe fitting that mounts the toilet to the floor.

A damaged or fractured flange can also contribute to instability.

Lastly, scrutinize the floor beneath the toilet for any indications of rot or damage.

A weakened floor can exacerbate toilet instability, warranting prompt attention.

Securing the Toilet

Begin by tightening the closet bolts using a wrench. Turn them evenly and gently to avoid cracking the toilet base.

If the bolts are already tight and the toilet still rocks, you may need to shim it.

Place shims, which are thin, wedge-shaped pieces of plastic or wood, under the toilet base to stabilize it.

Once the toilet is level, trim any excess shim material protruding from the base.

Apply a bead of caulk around the base of the toilet to secure it further and prevent movement.

Allow the caulk to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before using the toilet.

Commence by meticulously tightening the closet bolts using a wrench.

This is a perfect situation to determine if you have any mold growth that needs to be addressed.

Ensure to turn them evenly and delicately to prevent cracking the toilet base.

If the bolts are securely tightened yet the toilet still rocks, consider employing shims.

These are thin, wedge-shaped pieces of plastic or wood placed beneath the toilet base to stabilize it.

Once the toilet achieves a level position, trim any surplus shim material protruding from the base.

Repairing or Replacing Damaged Parts

If tightening the bolts and shimming the toilet do not solve the issue, inspect the toilet flange.

If the flange is broken or corroded, replace it with a new one. Turn off the water supply and drain the toilet before removing it to access the flange.

Clean the area thoroughly and install the new flange according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If the floor beneath the toilet is damaged, repair or replace the subfloor as needed.

Ensure the new flooring is level and secure before reinstalling the toilet.

Enhance stability by applying a bead of caulk around the base of the toilet.

Allow the caulk to dry as per the manufacturer’s instructions before resuming toilet usage.

If you have a rocking toilet and you need assistance, contact our team with ASAP Restoration for help today!