Understanding Plumbing Basics
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Understanding Plumbing Basics

As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.


Understanding Plumbing Basics

Are All Toilet Seals The Same?

Jorge Alexander

Sure, all toilets function relatively the same. However, this factor does not mean that all toilets are the same. Toilets vary in many ways, especially when it comes to their seals. The seal is the part of the toilet responsible for keeping the water inside, and not pouring out onto your floor. Without question, the seal is one of the most essential components. If you've had issues with a leaking toilet in the past or need to replace your seal for any other reason, learn about some of the different options you have.

Sponge Gasket

A sponge gasket is an option best suited for a toilet that needs the seal installed on the wall. Additionally, while the name would lead you to believe the seal is made from sponge, it's most often made from a silicone or rubber material instead. 

Both silicone and rubber materials are highly durable. So, if you need a wall seal that will last for a long time, the sponge gasket is an excellent option. Make sure your toilet can support a wall seal before you buy this option. 

Wax Rings

The wax looks very much as its name reflects — a circular object made from wax. The wax ring rests right on top of the flange. As the weight from the toilet presses down on the ring, its waxy material allows it to compress and settle within the groves to form a solid seal. 

Wax rings are easy to install and relatively inexpensive. However, it's important to note that you sometimes have to use more than one seal, so you should keep this in mind. 

Wax-Less Gasket

The wax-less gasket is virtually the same as a wax ring; they just aren't made from wax. Similar to sponge gaskets, the wax-less ring is made from a silicone or rubber material. This option is a go-to choice for many people, and for a good reason. 

The design of the seal, as well as the material of the seal, allow it to last for quite some time. In some instances, it's not unheard of for the seal to outlast the toilet. Additionally, one wax-less seal is enough to create a watertight seal.

While a new seal might be able to resolve your problem, it doesn't help to also contact a plumber. A professional can look at the toilet to ensure there is not something else going on that is causing the issue. Contact a plumbing company like Cove Plumbing Inc for assistance.