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Is it OK to use two wax rings on a toilet?

Last Updated: 17th February, 2020

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If the toilet's floor flange height is slightly less than a 1/4 inch above the flooring, you can use an extra-thick wax ring to make up the difference. Do not be tempted to stack up two wax rings because this setup tends to leak.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, do you need two wax rings on a toilet?

You Don't Have to Use a Double Wax Ring You can use the extra-thick version of one of these to bridge the extra space between the toilet and the flange. Once you install this, a single standard wax ring should be all you need to seal the toilet to the waste opening.

Subsequently, question is, do you need to caulk around a toilet? Turns out, caulking your toilet to the floor is actually smart. These clients say that caulking around the base of the toilet would trap water from a leaking toilet, causing damage below and around the toilet since it has no place to leak onto the floor.

Thereof, are toilet wax rings all the same size?

Wax rings come in standard sizes, but some are double thickness. If the toilet flange under your toilet is below the flooring level, you will need to get a double thick wax ring. If the flange is perfectly level with the flooring surface, you will then only need to purchase a standard wax ring.

How often should you change the wax ring on a toilet?

The wax keeps water from leaking as it passes from the toilet to the drain pipe. It also seals against foul sewer gas odors. A wax seal will often last the life of the toilet, 20 or 30 years, without needing to be changed. There are times, though, when the wax ring will need to be replaced.

Related Question Answers

Fu Nasui

Professional

Can plunging a toilet damage the wax ring?

Plunging always works, or Plunging can't harm the toilet.
Once again, absolutely false! When your stoppage is not in the pee trap of the toilet but in the pipe just below the toilet, you are usually damaging the wax ring when you place the plunger in the bottom of the toilet bowl and start pushing.

Priya Ropple

Explainer

What size wax ring do I need?

The wax ring should be compressed around 1/2 to 3/4 it's initial height once installed. If it will compress less, you need a taller ring. If it will compress more, consider getting one with a flange to limit wax extrusion into the drainage path. I always purchase the extra-thick ring with the flange.

Visita Ibargutxi

Explainer

Why do toilet wax rings fail?

Leaks. Wax rings also provide a watertight seal that forces water and waste from the toilet directly into the drain. If water accumulates or puddles around the base of the toilet, the wax ring may have failed. Any leaks can rot the floor or subfloor, so address them quickly.

Cassi Picanço

Explainer

How do you reinstall a toilet after tiling?

Follow the directions provided below to set the toilet ring into the flange after tiling the floor.
  1. Step 1 - Seal the Drain Hole Before You Start Work.
  2. Step 2 - Adjust the Toilet Flange Height to the New Floor.
  3. Step 3 - Remove the Old Toilet Flange Bolts.
  4. Step 4 - Attach the Toilet Ring to the Toilet Bowl Base.

Marcial Paersch

Pundit

How do I know if my wax ring is leaking?

Bad Toilet Wax Ring Symptoms
The first clue that a wax ring is failing is often the presence of water on the floor around the base of the toilet due to the toilet ring seal leaking. If the toilet installer caulked around the toilet, though, water might not be visible on the floor.

Maddalen Ukhovsky

Pundit

Do Waxless toilet rings work?

All of the wax style rings, waxless rings, or gasket seals will work if installed properly. Some of the new waxless style toilet seals have a longer seal or can be stacked which can make it easy for anyone to set a toilet without leaks.

Raul Toscani

Pundit

How much does it cost for a plumber to replace a wax ring?

Replacing a wax ring, also referred to as a wax seal, will run between $50 and $200, including labor and materials. While the ring itself is inexpensive at $2 to $10, replacing it takes time and expertise. The closest flange may also need replacing, which can increase total project price.

Eki Krautwasser

Pundit

Why does my toilet keep leaking at the base?

One reason the toilet could be leaking at the base is that the t-bolts, which fasten the toilet to the floor, need to be tightened. Then reset the toilet, tighten the t-bolts and replace the caps. Reconnect the water supply line and turn on the valve. Test the toilet for leaks.

Manish Rienda

Teacher

Can toilet flange be lower than floor?

If a flange is more than 1/4 inch below the floor, buy some 1/4 or 1/2—inch thick PVC flange extenders and fit them around the flange to bring it up even with or slightly above the floor level. Standard wax rings work for closet flanges that are even with the finished floor or up to 1/2 inch above it.

Gartxot Bashkov

Teacher

Should toilet flange sit on top of tile?

The toilet flange needs to be on top of the finished floor. Meaning the bottom edge of the flange needs to be on the same plane as the toilet. So if your toilet sits on the tile, the flange needs to be on top of the tile too.

Nur Pozo

Reviewer

How tight should toilet bolts be?

The toilet bolts should not be overtightened, but they should be tight. If you hear the sound of metal on porcelain, stop tightening. But if you still feel the bolts tightening against the wax ring, keep going.

Rosilene Baskind

Reviewer

What is a toilet wax ring made of?

The English, who invented what has become the modern toilet, used beeswax to seal the connection between toilet and pipe. But as the newfangled toilets gained popularity, they outstripped bees' ability to make wax. Modern wax rings are made of vegetable and petroleum waxes, with polyurethane additives.

Yuhao Ortueta

Reviewer

When should you use an extra thick wax ring?

If the toilet's floor flange height is slightly less than a 1/4 inch above the flooring, you can use an extra-thick wax ring to make up the difference. Do not be tempted to stack up two wax rings because this setup tends to leak.

Jolyn Corralo

Reviewer

What's better wax ring or rubber?

Wax-free toilet seals are made out of a heavy duty rubber, so they're flexible enough to shimmy into the flange without smearing a wax ring. Wax-free seals can also be reused. As long as they're still attached to the bowl in good condition, you can reinstall the toilet without replacing the seal.

Nahuel Erardi

Supporter

How much are wax rings for toilets?

The brand, size and quality of a toilet wax ring can affect the price. On average, toilet wax rings cost between $4 and $5; however, some brands can cost as much as $35 on the high end. Homeowners who need a wax ring extender to make the seal fit with the flange can expect to spend $5 to $10 more for this part.

Hong Gotzendorfer

Supporter

What is the best wax ring for toilet?

Top 8 Best Toilet Seal
  • NEXT BY DANCO Perfect Seal Toilet Wax Ring.
  • Fluidmaster 7513 Extra Thick Wax Toilet Bowl Gasket.
  • Sani Seal Llc BL01 Waxless Toilet Gasket.
  • Fernco Inc.
  • Fluidmaster 7530P8 Universal Better Than Wax Toilet Seal.
  • Korky 6000BP Universal Toilet WaxFree Seal.
  • Fernco Inc.

Dominga Jodike

Supporter

How do you remove wax ring from toilet bowl?

Use a putty knife to scrape away as much of the old wax ring as you can from the flange, a pipe fitting where the toilet mounts to the floor, and around the toilet drain. Remove any debris, smooth and dry the surfaces, and remove the two bolts from the flange. Look closely at the condition of the flange.

Dessire Gosink

Beginner

How do you install a wax ring on a toilet?

How to use wax when installing a toilet bowl
  1. Clean surfaces on underside of toilet bowl and floor flange of old wax and debris.
  2. Remove old floor bolts, and place new bolts secure with the retainer washer.
  3. Press wax ring on bowl outlet with plastic flange pointing away from the bowl.