A rocking toilet is not only annoying, but can lead to more serious damages in the bathroom if left undone. In some cases a rocking toilet is a result of not having the mounting bolts tight enough on the toilet, in which case this can be fixed with a few turns of a wrench. Usually though you must remove the toilet in order to reach under it and make adjustments from there. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to repair a rocking toilet.
- Look for any gaps between the bottom of the toilet and the floor
- Make sure there aren’t any water leaks by checking around the bottom of the toilet for any water
- Use a shim or Wobble Wedge to slide under the back of the toilet or any other gaps
- Make sure that it is level throughout and secure the toilet by tightening the mounting bolts on the side until it is stable.
- You may have to cut away some of the shim around the toilet if it is overlapping
- Caulk around the toilet to secure it to the floor even better and allow for a cleaner look
It is important to make sure that the rocking of the toilet didn’t cause a leak or break anything on the bottom of the toilet, so it is usually smart to double-check by removing the toilet momentarily before adjusting it.
To remove the toilet:
- Shut off the water supply line
- Flush away any remaining water in the toilet
- Remove the water hose from the tank
- Remove the mounting bolts on the side of the toilet
- Lift up the toilet and place it in an open area
If you notice any serious problems or can’t figure out how to stop the rocking, call a plumbing specialist for help. Make sure to go to our Facebook page if you want to give us any suggestions for tips that you want us to provide you with in the future.