The floor, flange, and sealant can mean the difference between success and failure.
Synopsis: Whether you have a leak or just want an upgrade, removing and installing a toilet is an approachable project that requires only the most basic tools. But the success of the installation goes beyond what you can see on the surface. A long-lasting toilet installation requires a strong, stable floor frame, a properly positioned closet flange, and a bead of sealant where the fixture meets the floor.
I’ve installed, removed, and replaced more toilets than I care to count. In some cases, a toilet has to be replaced because the necessary repairs to the inner workings of the tank aren’t worth the effort when compared to the cost of upgrading to a new fixture. There’s not much I can do to predict how long these internal components of a toilet will hold up, but I certainly can ensure that the plumber or homeowner who pulls the toilet isn’t faced…