Remove Your Toilet…But Without Nasty Spillage

The only way to know if you need this repair is to remove your toilet.

After the toilet’s removed, inspect the closet flange.


You’ll have to remove your toilet anyway if you have a water leak under the bowl.

Toilet flange repair is one of those things…you don’t know you need it until you see a leak or see the flange when replacing a toilet.

One of my favorite supplies, when removing toilets, is Oatey LiquiLock.

oatey liquilock

This turns your toilet water into a gel and prevents the water from spilling on your floor.

I don’t know about you but cleaning up nasty toilet water isn’t on my to-do list.

Watch this video to see how I remove a toilet in under 15 minutes

How to Remove a Toilet in a Bathroom without Nasty Spillage

Once the toilet is removed you can do your toilet flange repair.

But what’s the best way to do this?


Toilet Flange Repair…What You Need to Know

If you watched the video above you know about Charlie.

He’s one of my favorite plumbers in Pittsburgh because the guy is always happy.

Charlie taught me how to repair a toilet flange and today I’m passing along those tips to you.

The first tip Charlie taught me is if your closet flange is broken you’ll need to repair it.

Today I’m going to share three options for repairing a toilet flange.

Your first option is to buy a replacement closet flange ring.


This has to be secured to the subfloor with screws.

A second option is to use a closet flange repair kit.


It’s a great option if your existing closet flange is broken or rusted. Due to it’s construction you can only use a toilet flange repair ring on PVC or ABS pipes.

Option 3 is the easiest. It’s an a Push Tite gasketed closet flange.


Simply push this down into the old closet flange and secure it to the wood subfloor with galvanized or stainless steel screws.

Charlie taught me this second tip, a closet flange should be flush or up to 1/4″ above your finished floor.

The reason why is because wax rings compress over time.

If the closet flange is below the finished floor, a gap will form between the bottom of the toilet bowl and top of the wax ring.

This gap is where water leaks when you flush your toilet…and we all know what’s in toilet water.