Removing a toilet flange

Removing a toilet flange. The toilet seems like one of those necessities that we take for granted until it breaks. If you have one bathroom in your home, this is considerably more uncomfortable. An outdated or faulty toilet flange is one toilet component that can create various issues.

The toilet flange performs two essential functions: connecting the toilet bowl to the wastewater pipe and linking the bathroom to the floor. 

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Specific methods are there for removing a toilet flange. Some of them are:

Disconnect the toilet flange from the drainage pipe

Ensure the water valve is turned off and the supply line is removed before proceeding. Then follow this procedure:

  • Unscrew that attach the toilet bowl to the flange when this is completed. 
  • Using a putty knife, scrape the wax from the flange and toss it on a piece of old newspaper.
  • Remember to wipe the bowl’s bottom and the bathroom floor since this may get filthy.
  • Remove the flange from the sewer pipe by unscrewing it. 
  • If you don’t have the substitute and need to buy one, you may estimate the pipe’s diameter or, better yet, get a new one.
  • Trim the flange sleeve vertically around the perimeter of the flange with the saw.
  • Cut through the sleeve to the place where it is bonded to the drainpipe with the blade straight down into the pipe.
  • Make a series of vertical cuts in the flange sleeve, cutting all the way along without breaking the drain pipe.
  • There may be some minor damage to the drainpipe in which the saw blade or wood chisel chipped the drainpipe now that the flange sleeve has been completely removed.
  • Lightly sand the pipe to smooth out any irregularities as long as the damage does not go all the way through it.
  • Remove the cloth, as well as any debris that may have fallen into the pipe. You’ll have a tidy drain pipe that’s willing to handle a new flange.

Removing epoxied In-Toilet Flange

This toilet flange is made to either bond to the pipe’s interior or inflate. If the plastic pipe has a 3-inch interior diameter, you must remove the old flange from the pipe’s exterior. If it isn’t, you’ll have to cut the existing flange away.

  • Remove your toilet first before attempting to remove a glued-in toilet flange. 
  • Scrape any wax knock remnants from the flange using a scraper.
  • Remove the rubber seal and keep it for reuse if your toilet has a rubber flange seal instead of a wax ring.
  • After that, unscrew the screws holding the toilet flange to the floor. 
  • After that, cut off the top of the flange flush with the floor with a hacksaw or reciprocating saw. 
  • You’ll end up with a pipe cylinder with the flange sleeve glued inside. 
  • Cut vertical notches in the flange sleeve with your saw without cutting through the pipe it’s bonded to. 
  • Finally, remove the vertically notched flange sleeve in portions using a hammer and chisel.


As the flange on your toilet is too high, it might leak water and walk back and forth when you use it. The leakage and the swaying might cause the floor to distort or shatter.

The flange has to be secured to the floor. To ensure that the toilet does not rock, dry fit it. If it does rock, use shims to keep it from rocking; simply strengthening the bolts will not stop the swaying and may split the toilet or fracture the flange.

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