How to Replace a Wax Seal in Your Toilet

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by Ashton Service Group
wax seal for toilet

If you have experienced any plumbing problems, then you know how frustrating it can be to repair them yourself. Some issues may be outside your skill set and you may need to call a plumber who knows how to solve it.

If you consider yourself to be a handy person then you may be able to fix one of the most common toilet leaks that occur.

Your bathroom toilet has water leaking out from the base of the toilet.

This is a common problem and most likely caused by a faulty or damaged wax seal. First thing to do is turn off the water valve located behind the toilet and disconnect the water line. Flush the toilet and remove any water from the tank and bowl. Undo the bolts at the base of the toilet, there should be one on each side and carefully lift the toilet and move it to the side.

The wax seal can be identified as the yellow waxy substance that is around the drain. You can purchase a new wax seal at your local home hardware store.This inexpensive seal helps prevent damage to flooring and sub-flooring.

Remove as much wax as possible and replace the seal with a new one. To reinstall your toilet reattach the bolts at the base of the toilet, reconnect the water line and turn on the water valve. Turn on the water and flush, be sure to check for any leaks.

If this sounds like it is more than you can take on, feel free to call us at 604-283-2383. 

We can schedule one of our certified plumbers to come and help you out.

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