Featured Story: How To Replace Toilet’s Wax Seal

Replacing a Toilet Wax Ring

Toilets are part of the plumbing system and are responsible for most smells in the house hence should be sealed properly. Here are steps of replacing a seal under a toilet. It is necessary for the system to be functioning well with no breakages nor leakages has its failure has adverse effects characterized by foul smell due to waste leakage or water splash in case of a broken or old wax seal.

1. Shut Off The Water Supply

Before starting the operation of replacing the seal you need to shut off the water supply to the toilet has water makes it hard for you to do anything. You can cut off the water supply to the toilet only or cut off the water supply system to the all house.

2. Flush The Toilet To Empty The Tank and Bowl

With the water in the toilet bowl flush the toilet to remove any human excreta or anything found in the toilet which may disturb you when you want to replace the seal.

3. Dry-clean The Toilet’s Tank And Bowl

Using a sponge, soak up the water wish may be on the tank and the bowl of the toilet to make the tank and the bowl very clean and dry.

4. Remove The Nuts That Hold The Base Of The Toilet’s Bowl To The Floor

After the bowl is clean and dry then remove the nut that holds the bowl to the floor using pliers if the nuts are hard to be remove use oil to loosen them.

5. Separate The Water Supply System

After removing the nuts then you disconnect the bowl from the line which normally supply water.

6. Break The Old Seal

By gently rocking the toilet forth and back break the old seal to be removed. You need to be very careful when you are doing this operation as the toilet tank is very delicate and can break it easily.

7. Remove The Remnants Of The Seal

Carefully not to injure yourself remove the pieces of the broken seal and place them on a disposal tray ready for disposal.

8. Place The New Seal On Position

Remove the new seal and place it over the flange on the floor with the round side facing up and make sure it is centered exactly on the opening and then place the bolts in place.

9. Place The Toilet On The Flange

With the bolts in position put the toilet on top of the flange and seal it making sure that the toilet is level

10. Sit On The Toilet

To make sure that the new seal actually seals perfectly, sit on the toilet to test and exert some pressure to fit the seal in position.

11. Replace The Nuts

After making sure that the bowl is level replace the nuts which had been removed.

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There you have. You have replaced the seal and you can now reconnect the water supply and flash the toilet to check for leakages.

How to Clear Clogged Drainage Pipes from Your Sink

Well, clogged drainage is quite amusing, especially when you have just arrived from work and you are extremely tired. When you try to wash your utensils, you realize that your sink is clogged! This is not only annoying, but it also makes your day end in a dull mood. Imagine missing the evening news trying to remove water full in your sink!

What a Plumber's Snake Looks Like

Nevertheless, you need not worry any more as this article is there to provide you with a stepwise procedure on how to clear any clogged drainage pipe(s) from your sink(s). Naturally, this is the work of an experienced and skilled plumber. However, you do not need to wait for such people to come and solve that problem at that time, but you can do it yourself and achieve the best results if you follow the succeeding procedures to the latter.

Step 1: Get the right plumbing tools

Normally, it is ideal for one to be having some basic tools and equipment such as simple plumbing material to be used in cases when getting a plumber is not required. Such important plumbing tools include plunger and a ‘snake’ (commonly used to clear stubborn drain clogs). You can always buy these simple tools from the nearest hardware store. Having these tools right in your hands, you are now ready to proceed to the next steps.

Step 2: Locate the obstruction

In most cases, obstructions in sinks are caused by a build-up of soap scum, oil-deposits, hair, and even kitchen wastes. Ideally, the bathtub part or sometimes referred to as the U-Bend Traps always accumulate the above stated blockers. Hence, concentrate on this area.

Step 3: Clean the U-Bend Traps

In most cases, the blocked part is definitely the u-bend traps located just beneath the plughole of your kitchen sink. The simplest way to clear an obstructed u-bend tube is to position a bucket just beneath it and then, using a wrench, you can unscrew the pipe retaining caps. Release all the wastes trapped at this point into the bucket. If they are any remaining debris, you can remove it by pushing a piece of wire while flushing water from the top. To get the best results, you are supposed to use warm water and detergents to clean this part. Finally, replace the actual pipe and its caps to its original position.

Step 4: Utilize Plunger

At times, step 3 could be very tedious and most people outsource this step to skilled plumbers. Therefore, the only remedy at their disposal is to use a plunger. This device has a flexible rubber ‘cup’ with a long, straight handle. It is very simple to clear any clogged sink pipe with this device. You are required to pump the plunger up and down several times while flushing with water. The suction ‘cup’ loosens the blocking debris and the running water washes away these wastes down to the drainage tanks.

Step 5: Utilize a ‘Snake’

If the plunger used in the previous step does not yield better results, then, the alternative option is to use a ‘snake’-a flexible length of stainless steel attached to a handle. You are supposed to feed the ‘snake’ down the sink while twirling it around. As this process continues, you can flush water to clean the debris that has been loosened by the ‘snake’.


The above simple steps would yield invaluable results when followed to the latter. However, some people may resolve to use chemicals to dissolve the scum that blocks the sink pipes. Yes, it can work well, but you should be warned of this procedure since chemical drain products are usually corrosive and can even release harmful compounds to the atmosphere. Nevertheless, you should always keep your sink pipes clean to prevent further blockages. Thanks.