How to install a toilet flange on tile is one of the most common plumbing questions. This article includes 8 steps that will walk you through how to do it correctly and safely. Read on for more information!
How to Install a Toilet Flange on Tile
Step 1: Locate the Center of the Tile
Before you can install your toilet flange, you need to find the center of the tile. This is where you will be placing your flange. You can do this by using a measuring tape or ruler to measure from one side of the tile to the other. Once you have found the center, mark it with a pencil or marker.
Step 2: Drill a Hole in the Tile
Next, use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your toilet flange to drill a hole in the center of your tile. Make sure that you are drilling into the actual tile and not into the mortar between tiles. If necessary, use a hammer and chisel to break through any dried mortar so that you can make a hole.
Step 3: Screw the Flange to the Wood Subfloor
Once you have made your hole in the tile, place your toilet flange over it and screw it into place with screws that are long enough to go through both pieces of wood sub flooring (if applicable) as well as the tile before they meet flush against one another. Make sure that once everything is screwed down tight, there is no movement or wiggle room for your toilet installation.
This will help ensure water-tight seal between the tiles around where you installed them so be careful not to strip out any of these holes when tightening everything down! Now use this same process on all four sides of your new tile until firmly attached! You can now test fit your new toilet once the flange is in place and ready for installation!
Step 4: Put Your New Toilet in Place
Before you can put your new toilet in its spot, make sure to use a level on it so that it’s straight. Then attach everything together with either bolts or screws depending upon which type of fasteners came with your specific toilet model.
Once everything is secure, test out the movement until there are no more wobbles before attaching any water lines. Finally, screw down all seat attachments securely before using your brand-new bathroom fixture!
Step 5: Cut Out a Hole Around the Flange With a Wet Saw
If you have tiles around where you installed this flange, chances are high that they don’t line up perfectly flush with the flange.
In this case, you will need to cut out a hole around it so that everything is once again nice and neat. This can easily be done with a handheld wet saw–just make sure that your measurements are accurate before cutting!
Step 6: Grout the Tile Around the Flange
Once all of your cuts are made, it’s time for grouting! Make sure to use a tile grout that is meant for both indoor and outdoor use. Otherwise, your new grout job might not last as long as you’d like it to.
Apply the grout using a rubber grout float in an up-and-down motion until it’s completely filled in and there are no more gaps or holes. If you have a tile wet saw, it will make this step much faster but if not, just take your time and be careful with how hard you press on the grout float!
Step 7: Add Grout Sealer to Your New Tile Flooring
Once everything has dried for several hours (or overnight), apply another thin layer of grout sealant over all of your tiles until they are nice and shiny again!
Let this dry completely before testing out your new toilet flange installation in case something leaks right away, you don’t want any water damage on top of what’s already been done. Otherwise, enjoy using your brand-new bathroom fixture without worrying about leaking or clogs like ever again!
Toilet installation tips:
- Always use a level when placing your new toilet in order to ensure straightness before attaching bolts or screws.
- If there are any wobbles after tightening everything down, add some shims until the movement has stopped.
- Double check that all seat attachments are secure before using your new bathroom fixture.
- If applicable, cut out a hole around the newly installed flange with a wet saw for tiles that don’t quite line up flush.
Installing a toilet flange on tile is definitely not as daunting of a task as it might seem at first! Just make sure to follow these eight helpful steps and you’ll be good to go in no time. Happy DIY-ing!