Toilet flange problems

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SarahFLNew

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Hi,

I hope you can help me.

My mother asked me to re do the silicone caulk around the base of her toilet so I cut out the old silicone. A simple job I thought!

It was black / damp inside and a few sewer flies flew out. When flushing, water leaked out through the removed silicone gap. So I thought the wax seal had gone. A neighbour offered to help and we lifted up the toilet. He was just going to put a new wax seal on, but I noticed the flange was cracked (photo below)

He had a metal flange spammer / repair kit, which he then hammered under the PVC flange, put the wax seal on and refitted the toilet. To me this seemed to make the cracks worse, but the toilet is now not leaking.

Because the cracks are further down the flange, and not just on the ring, I think the whole flange needs to be replaced. I presume this could be tricky if it’s been cemented in? Or alternatively, could I use something like this?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Danco-Hydr...-in-in-Toilet-Flange-For-Fits-Most/1000034733

Although it seems on the review that people say the wax seal is meant to go under this repair flange, which is fine unless you need to plunge the toilet!

Would really appreciate your advice, thank you!

photo before flange repair:
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Photo with flange repair pushed under!

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Reach4

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You probably want to use a repair ring or a Danco Hydroseat (which you pointed to) to hold the toilet down, and letting wax seal the cracking.

See if https://terrylove.com/forums/index....nge-is-bent-and-sits-below-floor-level.95802/ inspires you, or fills in any gaps.

Does this existing toilet need plunging sometimes? Good new toilets seldom do, despite using less water.

Do not use silicone adhesive around the base, but instead use an acrylic based bathroom caulk, such as Polyseamseal.
 

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You probably want to use a repair ring or a Danco Hydroseat (which you pointed to) to hold the toilet down, and letting wax seal the cracking.

See if https://terrylove.com/forums/index....nge-is-bent-and-sits-below-floor-level.95802/ inspires you, or fills in any gaps.

Does this existing toilet need plunging sometimes? Good new toilets seldom do, despite using less water.

Do not use silicone adhesive around the base, but instead use an acrylic based bathroom caulk, such as Polyseamseal.

Thank you! So the wax seal will take care of the cracks that are just below the ring part, as that was my main concern with not taking the whole thing out and replacing it.

Can I ask why Polyseamseal is better than Silicone?
 

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Thank you! So the wax seal will take care of the cracks that are just below the ring part, as that was my main concern with not taking the whole thing out and replacing it.

Can I ask why Polyseamseal is better than Silicone?
https://www.acehardware.com/departments/paint-and-supplies/caulk-and-sealants/caulk/1220540

It will allow you to pull the toilet in the future, without having to take a hammer to it or lifting floor tiles. See https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/caulk-toilet-to-floor.860/page-2#post-576135

https://www.homedepot.com/p/DAP-Kwi...onized-Kitchen-and-Bath-Caulk-18902/206046688 is probably good too. It is acrylic with some silicone.
 
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Also, don't caulk all the way around the base of the toilet. Leave the back of the toilet uncaulked. That way if there is a leak in the future you have a chance of noticing it and fixing it before rotting the subfloor.
 
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