Think plumbing when getting a new bathroom floor

Think plumbing when getting a new bathroom floor

Submitted by David Heffner of Heffner Plumbing

A new floor in the bathroom can be an exciting part of a remodeling project. There are some things to consider in terms of the plumbing, however, that most people don't know about.

Removing and resetting a toilet is not rocket science and yes, most people can probably perform this task without incident. If not done properly, the resulting damage can be costly.

When remodeling or for new construction, take into consideration what the finished floor is going to be (wood, tile or vinyl). This will help ensure that the level of the toilet flange will be flush with the finished flooring surface and that the wax ring that seals the toilet to the drain is making the proper contact.

Plumbers have experienced countless times when a new floor goes in and the toilet flange is below the finished floor. "Put in two wax rings, and that always takes care of that problem," some say. That’s not correct. The height of the toilet flange needs to be raised accordingly and not by just adding a second wax ring.

Other things to consider:

1. Two-piece toilets: Two-piece toilets may have the seal compromised between the tank and the bowl when it is being moved. Make sure that this connection is not leaking after the toilet has been reset.

2. The supply tube for the toilet: If the supply tube for the toilet is not set right, it will leak. A leak that is small enough to go unnoticed for an extended period of time can be costly.

3. The shut-off valve for the toilet: Most of the water shut-off valves for toilets that come out of the wall or the floor will have a packing nut behind the handle. Opening and closing the valve can loosen the packing nut and cause it to leak. The nut can be tightened with an adjustable wrench or a pair of pliers and should be snugged up to make sure that the valve does not leak.

David Heffner is a licensed plumbing contractor in the state of Indiana and is bonded and insured. Heffner Plumbing is a highly rated company with Angie’s List and has received the Super Service Award every year since 2004. Heffner received the 2009 Contractor of the Year Award by the Greater Indianapolis Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (GIPHCC).

As of Dec. 23, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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