Why Does My Toilet Rock Back and Forth?
Do you have a toilet that’s rocking back and forth? Would you describe your toilet as “wobbly?” If so, will the entire toilet need to be replaced, or can it be fixed?
Sometimes, all that’s necessary to stop a toilet from rocking is to tighten the mounting bolts a little bit. However, make sure that you don’t crank them down too tight, because doing so could crack the ceramic.
Another way to eliminate the rocking is to place flexible Wobble Wedges shims underneath the base of the toilet. Still, if you have a wobbly toilet, we highly recommend removing the base and reinstalling the toilet to see whether the rocking has damaged anything under the toilet or started a leak underneath, where it’s hardest to locate (a leak) without being pulled apart.
Before Removing the Toilet Do This
Before you remove the toilet, first you need to empty the tank and to do this you shut off the supply line, then you flush away all of the water. Next, you disconnect the hose from the tank and remove the nuts from the mounting bolts, and lift the toilet off the ground.
The first thing you want to do is scrap off the wax ring, which will likely be stuck to the toilet or the old mounting flange – the ring on the waste pipe with the mounting bolts attached to it.
Carefully inspect the flange for any signs of cracks, which could also be the cause of the rocking. Broken flanges can be replaced by flange-repair kits found at home centers.
When you’re in there, be sure to poke around the exposed subfloor with a screwdriver. What you’re looking for are any soft spots. If you find any, you want to cut them out and patch them up.
When You Need a Kansas City Plumber’s Help
Not a DIY-type person? If your toilet is rocking or wobbling and you would prefer to have a professional plumber take a look at it and fix it, contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. to get the job done right!
Call 913-631-5201 to schedule a service appointment. All calls answered 24/7!