How to Remove a Toilet Flange?

Two years ago, I noticed water leaking out at the base of my toilet. I didn’t know what the cause was and for quite some time I even washed my bathroom and didn’t really bother about it. A few days later I noticed something strange though, the leakage was becoming severe and my home toilet was releasing a very bad odor.

Now I was concerned. That’s when I brought a plumber in to help. After the assessment, my plumber confirmed to me that I was going to need a new toilet flange. I had never heard of one and definitely never bought any.

My plumber was helpful. He not only took me around to buy a new flange but also showed me how to fix the toilet flange if the problem ever rose again. Today I have helped many of my pals with toilet flange removal and fixing and I haven’t heard any complaints yet.

If you are facing the same situation and needed to remove your flange and fix a new one, here is a simple toilet flange removal guide that you could easily make good use of. It is easy, fast, reliable, and anyone can use it. You don’t have to be an expert plumber.

Step 1

Turn off the water supply to your toilet. This is easy to do. You should find the shut-off valve and turn it off. It will cut off the water supply to the tank instantly.

Step 2

Now flush your toilet by holding down the toilet handle. You should hold down the toilet handle for quite some time. This ensures that much of the water is flushed.

Step 3

Next, you should remove the nuts holding the tank from their mounting bowls. This should be done using a ratchet wrench, make sure you remove the water supply pipe too.

Step 4

Move to your toilet base and pry off the closet bolt trim caps (bolts holding your toilet to the floor). Doing this easily reveals the nuts that were covering the bolts on the floor.

Step 5

Use an adjustable wrench to release the nuts. At this point, your toilet should be free to move. You can now ask an aide to help you in lifting the toilet and putting it aside too.

Step 6

When putting the toilet aside, you should place it on top of old newspapers or rags. Putting the toilet directly on top of the floor might easily break it.

Step 7

Your toilet once removed will reveal the floor drain and on top of it a PVC or Iron cast device on which your toilet was resting and fastened. This is the toilet flange.

Step 8

To remove the flange, first, use a putty knife to scrap off the old wax from the top of the flange. Doing this will help you to reveal the broken parts and also the screws holding the flange down.

Step 9

Unhook the closet bolts from the main track. These are the main screws that hold the flange to the floor/ main drain. Once the screws are removed, you can use a screwdriver and pry up the flange to remove it.


There are two types of toilet flange; PVC flange and Cast Iron Flange. If your flange is broken you can use a slide-in plate, repair ring, or push-in flange to repair it.

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