Do I need a regular or extra thick wax ring for toilet?

Author: Mrs. Mable Upton  |  Last update: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

A regular wax ring is all you need if the flange is set on top of the finished floor. Oatey® Heavy Duty Wax Bowl Ring can be used to set any floor type closet bowl. A thicker wax ring is used when the flange has already been set on the subfloor and is flush with the tile instead of sitting on top of it.

Can you use an extra thick wax ring on any toilet?

Thickness – Check the toilet flange.

If the flange is level with your floor, a regular-thickness wax ring will be fine. You'll only use a double-thickness wax ring if the flange is located under the floor.

Should I use a jumbo wax ring for toilet?

Place the Wax Ring and Toilet

Choose a wax ring of the appropriate size. The type with a polyethylene plastic sleeve provides a great seal and fits most standard drains. If the toilet's floor flange height is slightly less than 1/4 inch above the flooring, you can use an extra-thick wax ring to make up the difference.

Why would I need a jumbo wax ring?

From the Manufacturer. Eastman's Jumbo Flanged Toilet Wax Ring is necessary for toilet installation. The wax ring creates a seal between the toilet bowl and the sewer pipe. This wax ring is ideal for use where a regular ring does not provide enough wax.

What is the difference between Johni ring jumbo and regular?

Johni-Ring Jumbo has 40% more wax than the standard Johni-Ring – for applications where the floor flange is excessively recessed. Eliminates the need for “double stacking.” Johni-Ring for Urinals - felt reinforced, 2" diameter for most wall-installed urinals. Can be used on cast iron, copper or plastic fittings.

Toilet Flange Height and Toilet Wax Ring Thickness

What toilet seal do plumbers recommend?

Wax Toilet Seals: Keeping with Tradition

For years, wax rings have been plumbers' go-to options for making these types of toilet repairs.

How thick is a standard toilet wax ring?

Standard wax rings are about ¾- or 1-inch thick. This standard size is suitable for flanges which are set slightly above, at the same level as the floor, or slightly below the flooring (up to ¼ inch).

What is a #10 wax ring for toilet?

10 Extra Thick Standard Wax Gaskets are designed with 40% more wax for problem floor outlet toilet bowl areas that need extra thick wax. These wax rings are recommended for setting any floor mount toilet.

What is better than a wax ring for toilet?

Remove the hassle out of replacing your toilets wax seal with Fluidmaster Better Than Wax. This superior solution eliminates messy wax, and cuts down on repair time, with a rubber toilet seal design. A truly universal toilet repair part that fits any toilet, drain, or flange.

What is better than a wax ring?

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.

Is it better to put the wax ring on the toilet or the flange?

If the wax ring has plastic reinforcement, the plastic must fit into the waste line, so it's usually best to place the ring on the flange. Then drop the toilet into place. Once that's done, it's important to compress the wax ring to make the toilet sit flush on the floor before bolting it in.

Why use a reinforced wax ring on toilet?

The “reinforced” wax ensures that the wax does not break free from itself or breaks away from the surfaces it is binding to or when the wax is being applied to the toilet and flange. This reinforcement allows the wax to stay intact and make a good seal.

What happens if you don't put a wax ring on a toilet?

The wax ring is located underneath the toilet and is designed to cover and seal the waste pipe and toilet flange. If the wax ring isn't sealed correctly, it can cause wastewater to leak from the bottom. Leaking water can lead to mold around the floor.

How long does a wax ring last in a toilet?

The wax ring is exactly what it sounds like: a ring made of sticky wax that helps form a watertight seal between the bottom of the toilet and the sewer pipe. It requires no maintenance and can last 30 or more years, often as long as the toilet itself. But sometimes wax rings can dry out, crumble, and fail prematurely.

Should I caulk around my toilet?

🚽 Caulking Prevents Water Contamination

It could be water splashing out of a bathtub, mop water, water from a shower and even misguided potty training from your young boys who seem to miss the toilet bowl every single time! Without caulk around the toilet base, water can get under there and sit for a long time.

How do I know if my wax ring is sealed?

The seal is created instantly once you seat the toilet on top of the ring. From this moment forward, everything should be stable, and there should be no water leaks or other signs of a bad toilet seal.

Can you use a toilet right after replacing the wax ring?

No waiting necessary. The wax deforms and makes a water/waste proof connection instantly. Also turning the water on won't exposed the ring to the full flush until you flush your toilet.

Is 1 2 inch too high for toilet flange?

If you think your flange is not set to the right height, or it needs to be replaced, then you'll want to do it the right away. For those that don't already know, the proper toilet flange height is when it's flush with the top of the finished floor. The optimum height is about ¼ inch.

How do I know if my toilet wax ring is leaking?

Determine if the Wax ring is possibly bad by inspecting the floor for water or a foul odor of sewer gas. Use food coloring. If are unsure of where water is coming from you can add food coloring to the toilet tank. If the floor's water is the same color, then you likely will need to install a new wax ring.

What is the most common toilet seal size?

Oatey 3 in. - 4 in. Standard Toilet Wax Ring 31190 - The Home Depot.

How often should toilet seals be replaced?

It can last the lifetime of a toilet. If you have a toilet that needs to be replaced, the wax ring will also be replaced with a new one. A replacement might be necessary if your toilet is leaking at the base.

Can I use Flex seal around my toilet?

Customers often use the waterproof glue to fix toilet tanks, shower tiles, sink pipes, and other bathroom needs. Flex Glue is also mold and mildew resistant, making it perfect for bathroom repairs. For other types of bathroom maintenance and repairs, we also offer Flex Shot for all of your caulking needs!

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