Oh Crap! I think my toilet flange is cracked!

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Oh Crap! I think my toilet flange is cracked!

 

As a general contractor in the Sacramento area, I have seen my share of toilet related problems in apartments and homes. A toilet is an important fixture in the home, getting it to function correctly is a high priority for many. This past week, I have had three toilet flange problems that could have led to serious water damage in the future.

 

What is a toilet flange?

There are two bolts at the base of the toilet that secures the fixture to the floor. If you were to remove the nuts from these bolts, you can remove the toilet from the drain. Once removed, you will see the drain line that goes down through the floor. There is a ring around the top of this drain; the two bolts are fastened to this flange. New construction in Sacramento will have ABS drain pipes and flange, older construction is likely to be cast iron.

 

How do I know if the toilet flange is cracked?

When the flange cracks, the bolts can no longer hold the toilet in place. The problem will usually manifest as a leak around the base of the fixture. The
broken toilet flangewater in the tank of the toilet makes for a “top-heavy” unit that can easily be rocked from side to side. This movement (any movement) in the toilet will lead to the loss of the water tight seal between the toilet and drain flange. In time there will be signs of water on the floor.

The natural reaction to finding the water around the fixture would be to tighten the floor bolts. If the flange is damaged, the bolt will wiggle and spin without tightening down. The only way to know for certain is to remove the toilet and inspect the flange.

 

How do I fix a damaged toilet flange?

The flange can be corrected in many ways; it will depend on the nature and extent of the damage. There are repair part that can be purchased that new toilet flangeallow the bolts to be fastened again be incorporating the remaining flange with the repair parts.

The best repair is to remove the original toilet flange and install a new piece. We recently removed a flange by cutting just below the flange, clearing away the concrete high points, and adhering a new flange to the drain line.

This can be done by the homeowner or property maintenance staff if they have the right tools for the job and a bit of experience in the plumbing trade. For many, it may make more sense to hire a qualified professional to do the work. When checking for contractors in your local area, by sure to ask if they have had experience in the repair of toilet flanges.

If you are looking for someone to repair a broken toilet flange in Sacramento, Tromler Construction would be more than happy to take a look at your situation.

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Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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It's a crappy subject, but I'm glad you're well versed on it Tom, someone has to be............................

July 28, 2012 03:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT

Great explanation. Yes, we've seen many customers who have had issues here as they either had a friend or unlicensed contractor take care of the toilet.  It can be a mess and it's especially bad if it's an apartment and then you a liable for the homeowner below you.

July 28, 2012 04:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
Referral Group Incorporated

Good morning Tom. Can you say, a little too much information. Glad you could make it better. Enjoy the day and your toilet.

July 28, 2012 05:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

It's not a glamorous day in the life of a contractor Roger, but someone does have to do it.

July 28, 2012 07:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

It's something you don't think about until it becomes a problem Debbie. I thik it is best to have an understanding of what is involved in case a problem arises.

July 28, 2012 07:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Tom, good post. These broken flanges can lead to some pretty fun repairs if the toilet keeps leaking and rots out the subfloor. 

July 28, 2012 07:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
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Sorry for the info overload Sheila. A toilet flange isn't important until it becomes important.

July 28, 2012 07:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
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Donald - As you know, the damage can get bad even before the user realizes it. Once the wood starts to get soft, the toilet will "rock" even more which allows even more water to leak.

July 28, 2012 07:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills

Thanks for the tips Tom!  I'll watch out for this in home ispections.  I've been told before by agents/homeowners, "Oh, it was always like that."  Now I'll know to be sure it's fixed to lessen the chance for future problems.  Have a great weekend!

July 28, 2012 09:10 AM
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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging

Tom- I echo what Roger said.  All I can say is I'm glad I wasn't reading this while eating. 

July 28, 2012 06:39 PM
Rainer
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Doug Bullwinkel
NMLS #281609
Vitek Mortgage Group

Finally, at last. An interesting blog on toilets and the problems associated with them.  It would take a great contractor like you Tom to be able to pull this off.  Nice job.

July 28, 2012 09:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Thanks Jan for the comment.

Funny how it "always being like that" somehow makes it okay to keep in the same condition.

July 28, 2012 09:47 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Some topics are hard to bring up at any time Kathy.

July 28, 2012 09:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
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I'm not real sure about pulling it off Doug but I think it is important to know what is involved in the replacement of a toilet flange. The flange of a toilet drain is just a piece of plastic, but if it cracks or breaks,  a lot of water damage can occur.

July 28, 2012 10:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Otto
Your Montgomery County PA home stager
Six Twenty Designs

So that rocking isn't a special feature built in to ease you while you.... Oh never mind.

July 11, 2014 05:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Ummmm, no Suzanne!   :)

July 11, 2014 05:46 AM
Rainer
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Bill Reddington
Destin Florida Real Estate
Re/max Southern Realty

Havr had to replace iron flanges a couple of times in listings after inspections. That can be a real pain. Definitely had a plummer do it.

July 18, 2014 07:45 PM
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