How to Replace Your Toilet’s Wax Ring

What is a toilet wax ring?

A toilet bowl wax ring the is seal that keeps water from leaking between the base of your bowl and the trap, the larger pipe below the toilet that carries waste water away.

What are toilet wax rings made from?

The wax ring is a circle of wax that is mold-able under pressure; some now are made from polyethylene or are made from a rubber toilet seal design.

How long does a toilet wax ring last?

A wax seal will often last the life of the toilet, 20 or 30 years, without needing to be changed. There are times, though, when the wax ring will need to be replaced.

When do you replace a toilet ring?

If water leaks from under the base of the toilet when it is flushed, the toilet will should be moved and the wax seal replaced. Sewer smells can also mean that the seal is faulty, allowing sewer gas to leak into your bathroom. There are rare occasions when the bolts holding the toilet to the flange have loosened and just need to be tightened, but if the bolts are tight and there is still a leak, a new wax ring will be required.

How do you replace a toilet wax ring?

Replacing your toilet’s wax ring is a fairly easy, and quite possibly a messy process. Here is a step by step process that you need to follow when replacing a toilet bowl wax ring.

  • Drain and remove the toilet
  • Detach the water supply
  • Lift the toilet while keeping the base parallel to the floor
  • Wear a pair of disposable gloves to remove and discard the old wax ring
  • Remove the old bolts from the toilet anchor flange and check the flange for cracks or missing pieces.
  • Press the new wax ring into place
  • Lift the toilet with the bowl drain directly over the floor drain
  • attach the washers and nuts holding the toilet in place.

How much does it cost to replace the wax ring on a toilet?

Because the process of changing the toilet wax ring is a fairly easy process, it is something that you are able to do yourself. The normal cost of a toilet bowl wax ring is from $3 all the way up to $20.