How to Replace a Toilet Flange

27746816_xlI realize plumbers may have different dreams than other people. For instance, have you ever had a dream about how to replace a toilet flange? I know I have. Toilet upkeep and bathroom plumbing are constant noises in my head. Call it a perk of the job. Luckily, I do know how to replace a toilet flange, so I can focus on the more menial things, like the meaning of life.

What is a toilet flange?

Simply put, a toilet flange is the part that connects the toilet to the pipes that lead to a drain pipe. It is what the toilet is mounted on, and what connects waste to the proper drainage. At its core, it is an essential part of your bathroom and home.

How do you a toilet flange?

The first thing you’ll want to do is prep for the act. You’ll want to make sure a mess isn’t made by laying down things to soak up water, and then you should turn off the water going into the toilet.

Then you will empty the toilet by disconnecting the water supply hose and flushing until there is no more water. Now you will start the actual act of replacing the toilet flange.

You will then disconnect the toilet from the floor by loosening the nuts that hold it to the floor. You will of course put the toilet in a safe place so it isn’t damaged. What you have in front of you should be the toilet flange. You will remove the putty that’s there and the screws that attach the flange to the floor. The toilet flange will be removed and should be replaced by a flange of the same size. Then you put your toilet back together in the same way you took it apart.

It isn’t super difficult to replace a toilet flange, but it is a skill worth knowing. Especially if the thought keeps you up at night – like it does me occasionally. Hope your dreams are more entertaining! And don’t forget – call On Time Elmer for any of your plumbing needs!

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