Nothing more upsetting than sitting on your toilet seat only to realize how unstable and annoying it is; in fact, it feels very insecure, and you feel like you might get an injury from your wobbly toilet seat. The truth is, though, rocking toilet bowls or seats is not very harmful, but they sure are very annoying to experience. So it definitely is something that you shouldn’t foresee but actually fix.
Having a wobbly and shaky toilet is not only annoying and embarrassing but also a very ignorant factor that can eventually lead up to toilet leaks and make a mess out of the bathroom, not to mention a rocking bowl can also cause serious damage to your bathroom floor that is below the rocking bowl or can even cause cracks in your toilet bowl!. Now, the actual question is if a rocking toilet seat or bowl easy to fix? The answer is yes, indeed it is; once you learn all the relevant tips and tricks, you can fix your wobbly toilet in no time! So without any delay, let’s start fixing your toilet!
How to fix a rocking bowl or seat
Check your toilet’s flange
Most of the time, people experience a rocking toilet because the mounting bolts that are fixed in your toilet bowl no longer have any support to grab onto. Now you might be thinking that the bolts get screwed directly into the floor, but no, they get bolted into a flange that is placed under your toilet.
The flange is a strong metal frame that is installed on the floor and secured to the drain pipe. More than 70% time, this flange under your toilet bowl gets worn out or just gets loose, which ends in your toilet bowl rocking back and forth.
Undo the bolts
Once you check the situation of your flange, you have to turn off your water supply, then flush your toilet once to make all the water drain, and then start undoing the bolts attached to your toilet and the flange. Once you are able to lift up the toilet bowl, you will either see a broken toilet flange, or you will see that the bolts were just loose, and the toilet flange is actually completely fine.
So, if you see a broken toilet flange, you will then have two choices you will either have to fix it, or you can just buy a new one and replace this one.
Fixing the toilet flange
If you decide to fix the broken toilet flange, then that’s okay! This is the most commonly chosen option among people, because it is easier and more time saving, and moreover if you do it in the right way you can fix it in such a way that it will be new once again!
What you will need for this step is the super flange or a spanner flange adapter; this adapter is a semi-circle that fits over or under the broken toilet flange. What it does is that it provides you with new holes that you can bolt your toilet bowl onto.
Once you have the spanner flange adapter, all you have to do is to fix it over or under your toilet flange, place the toilet bowl over it and then reinstall the bolts firmly.
Replacing the toilet flange
If you are one of those people that find out that their toilet flange has been broken beyond repair and there is no other option than to get it replaced, then don’t worry! Replacing a toilet flange is easy, and on the plus side, you will get so many solid years of toilet mounting!
Remove your old broken toilet flange; you can use a hammer if you face any difficulty while doing so. Once you are done removing, you can then install the new toilet flange in the place of the old one super easily but just make sure that the flange you install is bolted firmly so that your toilet won’t wobble.
Other reasons why your toilet bowl or seat might be wobbling
- The wax seal that seals your toilet to the ground might have worn off
In this case, all you have to do is buy a new wax seal and carefully seal the gap between your toilet and the floor so that your toilet is stable once again.
- loose or broken closet bolt
If you look at your toilet, you will notice two or four bolts on each side of the toilet; make sure those bolts are not loose or broken; if they are, replace or fix them, and your toilet seat will stop rocking!