If you're a new homeowner who notices that your toilet wobbles when you sit down on the seat, you may wonder if you can repair the problem yourself or if you should call a plumber instead. Unless the base of the toilet leaks water, you won't need to call a plumber for this job. A wobbly toilet can occur from several things, including loose bolts or a deteriorated wax ring around the base. With the supplies and tips below, you can stabilize your wobbly toilet in no time.
What Do You Need to Buy to Stabilize the Toilet's Base?
Before you do anything to the toilet, you'll need to purchase a 16-ounce or larger container of waterproof sealant with caulk gun and one bottle of floor cleanser that removes grease and gunk. The cleanser will remove any sticky residue that remains around the base of the toilet after you remove the old wax ring.
Also, buy a chisel or spatula to remove the wax ring. The flooring around the base needs to be clean and free of anything that will create bumps in the new sealant after it dries. Place a small circulating fan into the bathroom to use later. The fan will help the new seal dry after your repairs. Now, you're ready for the next step.
How Do You Stabilize the Toilet's Base?
You can now go ahead and clean the flooring with the cleanser. Be sure to dry the flooring around the base thoroughly with the fan or a towel. It'll make it easier to apply the sealant if the base is dry, as well as keep you from slipping on the flooring.
Now, follow these steps:
- Use a wrench to tighten the bolts located on the sides of the toilet's base. Don't apply too much pressure when you complete this step to avoid stripping the bolts. If the bolts are rusty or soiled, take a moment to clean them with your cleaning supplies. Rust and dirt can loosen up the bolts in the future.
- Put on utility gloves, then use your chisel or spatula to carefully lift up and chip away the old wax ring. Discard the material into the trash, then use a dry rag to wipe down the area around the base.
- Open up your sealant, then place the container inside the caulk gun. Beginning at the back of the base, apply a thin line of sealant along the edges.
- Repeat step three until you completed all four sides of the base.
- Turn on the fan, then give the sealant 30-45 minutes to dry.
After the sealant dries, gently try to move the toilet. If the toilet stays in place, you solved the issue. If the toilet continues to wobble, contact a plumber for assistance. There may be other serious problems with your toilet.
For more information about your wobbly toilet, call a plumber in your area today.