How to Make Toilet Installation Satisfying and Successful?


Is the toilet not working properly? Need to reset the existing one after a major repair? If yes, then there are still a few things to inspect before it’s too late and the toilet starts leaking. One of the key aspects is to ensure perfect sit level that doesn’t lift or rock on the floor, thereby making no compromise on the seal. Since the toilets are sealed to the flange with a ring, it’s necessary to make sure that their height and tightness are up to a certain level that create a watertight seal to prevent leaks. 

Flange Height Inspection

For successful toilet installation, the first and foremost thing is to look at the height of the flange. When old unit is removed, it’s the right time to measure its height as it should be ¼-inch above the floor. This measurement allows any kind of ring to take up the place. However, to get rid of unnecessary items or distractions off the floor, a flange extension can get the job done. Usually, they are ½ and ¼-inch in size and give a height raise of ½ or ¼ inch. 

Secure with Closet Bolts

To attach and affirm the toilet flange to the floor, use two closet bolts along with washers and nuts to hold them tightly. They are responsible to keep the bolts at one place during toilet installation, while also make their removal easy in the future. 

Placement of the Ring and Toilet

Selection of a ring to install on the flange is also important. Its size should be perfect for the holes so that it fits into standard drains and provides the perfect seal. Though, if the flange height in less than ¼-inch from the floor, then addition of an extra-thick ring can make a huge difference. Experts suggest not to install two wax rings because they may leak after some time. 

Level the Toilet

Before placing the final bolts into the toilet, be sure that its base is leveled and stable by rocking it carefully from all sides. If the level isn’t straight, then chances of leaks are significantly high. Correct this issue by slipping toilet shims between the floor and base to bring it in a stable position. 

The number and placement of shims should be based on the floor and toilet; as it is different for every case. By shimming the toilet before adding bolts ensures no loosing problem in the future. Once it stops rocking, a washer and nut can be used with each closet bolt to secure toilet at the place. 

Base Caulking

If the toilet shim sticks out from any side, it is recommended to cut it off and use silicone caulk to secure the base around the toilet. This makes installation of toilet more s