How to Install a Wax Seal on Your Toilet

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If you decide to remove your toilet yourself, either to fix it or replace it, you will also need to replace the wax ring seal that is positioned between the toilet and the toilet anchor flange that is attached to your floor. While there are several steps involved in this process that can get a bit complicated, installing the wax seal properly is relatively simple to do.

Tools and Materials You Will Need

  • Adjustable Wrenches
  • Toilet Plunger
  • Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Towels
  • Replacement Wax Ring
  • Replacement Toilet Mounting Bolts
  • Plumber’s Tape
  • Four 2”x4”x6” wood blocks
  • Disposable Gloves

Drain the Toilet’s Tank, Disconnect the Water Supply

Have your bucket and towels nearby before you start in case of leaks during the process. Turn the supply-line valve located at the back of the toilet to off. Next, flush and sponge the water from the tank until it is dry, using a plunger to push any remaining water in the bowl. If there is still water, sponge the rest out. For faster results, use a wet/dry shop vacuum.

Detach the Water Supply Line Hose and Remove Nuts Securing the Toilet

Use your bucket and towels to catch any water leaking out of the hose in this process. Loosen the nuts, then remove them while applying only moderate pressure to avoid bending or breaking the toilet flange.

Lift the Toilet Off the Floor

With your 2”x4”x6” blocks nearby, lift the toilet off the floor on one side, tilting it so that you can place it on two blocks on one side, then do the other.

Remove the Old Bolts and Insert the New Ones

Make certain that you are not damaging the toilet flange in the process.

Replace the Wax Ring

Put on your disposable gloves before pressing the wax ring into place. This is around the raised ring at the bottom of the toilet drain on the underside. Wax rings come in different heights and with or without the funnel or bell. Be sure to get the one that fits your toilet properly. Rubber rings are also available in lieu of messy wax.

Reset the Toilet

Lift the toilet, removing the blocks and placing it so that the bowl drain is over the floor drain. Then lower it into place, making sure that the mounting screws show through the holes in the base. Apply light pressure, helping the wax ring seal tightly.

Attach Toilet Washers and Bolts

Make certain that the toilet doesn’t rock when this is completed.

Apply Plumber’s Tape and Reattach Your Water Supply

Place the tape around the tank inlet threads and test your system after you have reattached the water supply.

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FloHawks has trusted and certified plumbing professionals who are experienced in installing the wax seal on toilets. If you don’t have time to spend tackling this project or just don’t think you have the right skill set, Schedule Your Service online with FloHawks. You will be able to set up an appointment that fits your schedule and our team will take care of everything for you.