Home inspection after home inspection I wonder how it is that a newly-installed toilet can wobble.
Reading the verbose and full-of-flair features list, it mentions new toilets throughout.
And going into the powder room I noticed that the toilet wobbles pretty dramatically.
Toilets wobble because their support has worked loose or because the flange is not properly seated.
Toilet installation is simple, but it HAS to be done right.
It's a bit of hip bone to the thigh bone to the knee bone kind of thing.
The toilet base has a hole which is fitted with a wax ring - "donut" - which seals any gap between the porcelain toilet base and plastic toilet flange.
The toilet is bolted to the plastic toilet flange.
The plastic toilet flange is screwed to the sub floor.
The sub floor is secured to the floor joists.
And the drainage system is all glued together!
When all is done properly, the toilet seats firmly.
Some installers caulk around the base of the toilet to finish it off. I think it looks better without caulk, but that is just me.
This new toilet installation was visible from underneath. That isn't often the case.
I can see the new flange, purple primer (which cleans the joint so the glue will stick) and the new glue. Plumbers are liking the yellow glue recently, which is fine. We all have our personal preferences for things.
And I can see that they used stainless steel screws to anchor the flange! That is a good sign! At least they didn't use drywall screws, which I see often in new construction.
However, the screws are anchoring the toilet to, um, to ... NOTHING!
No wonder the toilet wobbles!
And, when the toilet wobbles, it can loosen or release the wax donut, which can cause leaking.
I see stains here! Is this toilet leaking already? Maybe. But even if it is not, it will sooner or later.
Now I have installed toilets. And I have screwed things together. I happen to know what it feels like when a screw grabs something and when it does not.
IT IS MORE THAN EVIDENT THAT THESE SCREWS DID NOT GRAB ANYTHING!
And yet the installer left the toilet like this. Do the sellers know it wobbles? Maybe not! But still, it's a problem!
My recommendation: before a contractor leaves, or is paid, check his work or have his work checked out by another professional! I would recommend a home inspector. He has nothing to gain or lose by affirming the right or wrong of an installation. He just calls it like he sees it! And you will get an honest assessment.