Quick Tip: Stop a Rocking Toilet

What causes a rocking toilet

When a toilet starts to rock, it could be a sign of a bigger issue. The toilet may have been leaking for awhile. That water gets trapped between the toilet and the floor. The trapped water starts to rot the flooring and creates an uneven surface. This is why the toilet now rocks. The toilet will have to be pulled to see how extensive the damage is. The subflooring may need to be replaced if the leak has gone unnoticed for years.

rocking-toilet-vernon-ct-bad-flangeAnother cause of a rocking toilet is a poor installation. The bolts may not be tight enough or installed correctly. If you decide to tighten them yourself, be careful. You may crack the toilet if too much force is used.

A rotted flange can make a toilet rock. A flange connects your toilet to the end of the sewage pipe. It’s located in the floor underneath your toilet. A wax ring sits on top of the flange and the toilet gets bolted on top of both.

How to stop a rocking toilet

In order to make the rocking stop, the toilet must be pulled to troubleshoot the cause.rocking-toilet-vernon-ct-bad-flange-rotted-floor A plumbing professional can perform a diagnosis pretty quickly. You can reach a local professional plumber by calling our office: 860-228-1036. We can repair the flange, adjust the bolts and/or repair the flooring underneath any toilet. After the repair is done, we’ll reset the toilet and you won’t have to hold on to dear life anymore!


Rapid Service is located in Columbia CT. We offer plumbing repairs and installations for Eastern CT homeowners. Our Plumbing Installations include: well pumps, well tanks, water heaters, sump pumps, sewage pumps, toilets and water treatment systems. Plumbing Repairs include: clogged drains, frozen or burst pipes, appliance hookups, clogged or rocking toilet, leaking pipes and odor or leak detection.

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