Rocking toilet 101

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A rocking toilet is not a plumbing problem that should be shrugged off. For one, rocking toilets can cause injuries, as well as plumbing catastrophes that could be gross and unsanitary to deal with.

There are several possible reasons why a toilet would rock or get wobbly. According to home repair website Home Repair Geek, foremost of the possible causes is a malfunctioning flange. However, if the issue has been overlooked for quite some time, then the homeowner may have an even bigger problem than the flange as it is possible that more plumbing problems have developed from the time that the toilet got wobbly.

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“Your wobbly toilet may be moving because the mounting bolts that hold it down have nothing to grab onto anymore. You might think your loose toilet bowl is held down to the floor by a couple of bolts. While this is true, you should know that the bolts don’t go directly to the floor. Instead, they secure to a toilet flange. Think of this flange as a strong metal or plastic ring. It’s this piece that is bolted to the floor, and also sometimes secured to the drain pipe called a ‘bend,’ which is made of sturdy iron.”

Check out the full explanation here.

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This Old House also shared its own advice for homeowners who are having a rocking toilet issue. In their article, they mentioned that homeowners could try to troubleshoot the matter. However, the best solution to the problem is to reinstall the toilet. Plumbing Association of San Diego

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“Sometimes all that’s needed to prevent a toilet from rocking is to tighten the mounting bolts a bit. Don’t crank them down too tight, however; you could crack the ceramic. It’s also possible to eliminate rocking by slipping flexible Wobble Wedges shims beneath the toilet base. Still, the smartest approach would be to remove and reinstall the toilet so you can see whether all that rocking has broken anything or opened a leak under the toilet, right where it’s hardest to spot.”

The discussion can be read in this post.

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ask-toh/rocking-toilets

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Home improvement website The Spruce also mentioned several ways to deal with a rocking toilet. In their article discussing the topic, they said that the flange usually starts to malfunction when the surrounding area starts to disintegrate.A/C And HVAC

“Check the flange bolt at each side of the toilet, using a pair of pliers or a small wrench. If a bolt is loose, tighten it slowly just until it is snug. Check the other bolt to make sure it is equally snug, then test the toilet for rocking. If it still rocks, proceed with shimming the base. “

The step-by-step instructions can be found here.

When the problem about rocking toilets persist, it will be best to seek the services of a licensed plumber.

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