What Is A Toilet Flange?

The majority of homeowners are familiar with the basics of toilet operation with the help of Perth Plumbers and Gas fitters and know how to handle simple problems. But the common toilet has a hidden and underutilised component that frequently causes unpleasant leaks. This is referred to as the closet flange or, more colloquially, the toilet flange. We believe that more homeowners should be aware of its purpose, how to test it, and how to determine when it's necessary to call a 24 hour plumber Perth.

Your home maintenance to-do lists should include checking the flange on your toilet as a standard task. Otherwise, you risk small problems or serious structural damage down the road.


What Exactly Is a Toilet Flange?

The toilet drain and your home's drainage system are mechanically connected via the closet flange. It can be quite frustrating if this connection is damaged or installed incorrectly. As a floor mount for your toilet, it also serves as a stabiliser. The flange is normally formed of a PVC, copper, steel, or brass pipe and fastened to the bathroom floor by a metal or plastic ring. A wax ring is then used to seal the flange to the drain of your toilet to prevent leaks.

Depending on the size of the drainpipe, toilet flanges should be three or four inches in diameter. The pipe and the flange should be able to slide over or fit tightly within one another. The pipe length should be modified according to the thickness of your floor finishing. It might be difficult to install or result in leaks during operation if a flange is used that is the wrong diameter or height.


Recognize the Warning Signs:

For signs that there could be a problem with the flange, Perth plumbers and gas fitters advises that you frequently inspect the area around your toilet. Furthermore, any of these symptoms might be caused by other serious plumbing concerns.

If you see any of these signs and need assistance in determining the reason, our team of experts is here to help! The following are some of the most common flange issues:

  • A flange that does not sit flush with the completed flooring

Don't forget the flange if you're going to or have just renovated your bathroom flooring! Toilet flanges work best when they are tightly fastened and flush with the completed flooring. Securing the flange is a critical step in renovating a bathroom floor that, if overlooked, can lead to leaks.

To ensure that the toilet flange is at the right level, you may need to alter the height by cutting the pipe or using a flange extender.

  • A clogged or obstructed flange

Clogged flanges can cause toilet backups. It's a simple remedy if you can get to the obstruction and have the right equipment. Otherwise, contact your friendly local plumber.

  • Flange is cracked or fractured

If you see a lot of water gathering at the base of your toilet and investigate it, you'll discover that your flange is cracked or broken, and you'll need to repair it. Make careful to accurately measure your drain pipe and drain to guarantee you get the right size replacement flange kit.

  • Loose or shattered wax rings

A loose or cracked wax ring, which disrupts the watertight barrier, is another typical cause of pooling water. Replacing a toilet's wax ring is simple, but it's critical to do it correctly to avoid the problem from recurring.


How Much Does a Toilet Flange Replacement Cost?

The parts to repair the flange yourself are only approximately $25 at any hardware shop. This might be a nice DIY project for you if you have the necessary equipment and the strength to move the toilet. Hiring a 24 Hour Plumber Perth to repair the flange, on the other hand, ensures that the task is done correctly by a licenced, experienced expert.


How to Install a New Toilet Flange

The best approach to replace a toilet flange is to hire a qualified expert. We can ensure that the job is done appropriately to avoid future complications.

If you are changing the flange on your own, you must take all necessary precautions and have all necessary equipment. Check that all of the pieces fit correctly and that all of the bolts are secure and tight. Follow the instructions below:

  • Turn off the water supply and unhook the hose from the toilet.
  • Flush the toilet bowl until all of the water has been emptied.
  • Remove the toilet cautiously by detaching it from the floor.
  • Take the wax ring from the flange.
  • Remove and clean the flange after unbolting it from the floor.
  • Use a toilet flange extender or cut the pipe if required to ensure the flange is at the right height.
  • Attach a new flange to the drainpipe, ensuring that it is flush with the completed flooring.
  • Replace the wax ring around the drain on the toilet's bottom.
  • Replace the toilet onto the flange, firmly pressing the wax ring to the flange.
  • Replace the toilet, attach the water hose, and turn the water back on. Check for leaks and flush to ensure that it is operating properly.

How did you fare? If you want assistance, please contact us at 0400841997 for 24 Hour Plumber Perth. Call us to have the job done right. Our qualified technicians have the experience and skills to examine, diagnose, and repair any problem with your toilet's flange, so you don't have to worry about whether or not the job is done correctly. We'll take care of it.