Most homeowners probably are unaware that there is a wax ring that is smushed between the toilet and the floor that needs to be replaced every once in a while. This task is not a part of your scheduled home maintenance. It is typically only replaced during certain occurrences or problems. In other words, leave it if works!
There are four main reasons why a ring needs to be replaced:
- Toilets needs to be moved – regardless if you are replacing the toilet or simply moving it temporarily, you will need to install a new wax ring.
- Leak at the base – routinely inspect the base of the toilet for leaks. Often times the leak will be indicated by wet grout, not pooling water.
- Rocking toilet – a toilet that rocks back and forth is annoying. Most likely this wax has been worn down to the flange leaving the toilet base adjacent to a hard surface.
- Sewer gas smell – the swerve in all drains (e.g. p-trap) is not just there to save jewelery from being. It is there to trap a little bit of water in order to block noxious sewer gases from entering the home. If you smell these gases on a regular basis, you guessed it, replace the toilet wax ring.