Self-Leveling Concrete Around Toilet Flange

Without a doubt, self-leveling floors are amazing, but when it comes to self-leveling toilets or bathrooms, one needs to be cautious. In my recent research, I have seen that many individuals make this mistake, which ultimately leads to further issues due to damage to the toilet flange or obstruction of the toilet pit by self-leveling material. If your toilet or bathroom is not level enough or if you want to replace the floor, you have come to the proper place.

Preparation of the floor

When self-leveling, you should always have a plan in place so that you know where the leveling cement should go and where it shouldn’t. Once you have determined the areas to be covered, we will caulk the entire perimeter of the walls to fill the little hole that the leveler will leave behind. This will essentially act as a dam, keeping the cement from seeping beneath the walls and wasting the entire batch. 

After the above is completed, the most crucial step is to prevent the self-leveling compound from entering the toilet flange. To achieve this, we need to build a box-like structure that is 1mm deep and seals it with a small amount of spray foam. To prevent cement from entering below the toilet flange all the way and just dropping down to the next unit or below, create a circular barrier right here with some caulking. Applying more caulk after the initial application dries will ensure that it is higher than the desired floor level. To act as a preventive measure.

Begin Self Leveling 

Clean up the area with water and allow it to dry out. After vacuuming, we will apply a primer to the wood as well as the concrete, and after the primer is dry and ready, we will proceed to pour the self-leveling cement on top.

Remember, when doing self-leveling concrete, you have a limited time to use (15 minutes). The mixing of the leveler takes 3 minutes. As a good rule of thumb, mix half of the bag of cement so that you can pour and spread it before the leveler begins to solidify. We are dumping the self-levelers slowly on the ground, starting from the edge or corner and letting it work its way down.

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