Toilet Replacement in 10 Easy Steps

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There comes a time in everyone’s life, when your toilet will need replacing. Whether it be because of constant maintenance, water leaks, or to save water- a new toilet can be the solution you are looking for. Toilet replacement is a great way to spruce up your home and even add some value. This is a task many tackle alone, but you can always call upon the professionals if you aren’t up to the job.

Barring any complications, toilet replacement can be a pretty straight forward process. Installing a toilet for the first time, however, calls for experienced hands. If you are simply swapping your old porcelain for a shiny upgrade, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Preparation: Make sure you get your measurements right before purchasing a new toilet. Replacement is a breeze when you have the right equipment. It is also best to have your new toilet ready before removing the old one. Now, that you are ready for removal, turn off your water and flush the toilet to remove as much water as possible.
  2. Remove the caps and nuts at the base of the toilet bowl. You will most likely need an open ended wrench or needle nose pliers. The bolts often become rusted and may need some extra force for removal.
  3. Disconnect the toilet supply line from the toilet stop on the wall you are ready to get that old hunk of junk outta there.
  4. You can remove the toilet as a whole, but it is easiest (especially when working solo) to remove the tank and bowl separately. To remove the tank, simply unbolt it from the bowl and slide it off. You can then remove the rest by shifting it back and forth to carefully lift it off the flange.
  5. Once the old toilet is out of the way, stuff a rag into the drain opening to prevent any sewer gases from escaping into the air.
  6. Clean up the area to get it ready for the new equipment. Clean the old wax from the flange and check for any cracks or other problems. It may be a good idea to replace the flange all together while you are at it.
  7. Remove the rag from the drain opening to place the new wax seal onto the flange. Get your bolts in place and get ready to set up your new toilet.
  8. Attach the tank to the bowl by setting them in place, lining up the openings for the bolts and tightening it down. Make sure to tighten enough that you have no wiggle, but not too tight because you risk cracking the porcelain.
  9. Install your new toilet! Steadily place your assembled bowl and tank onto the wax seal. Line everything up and tighten down your bolts.
  10. Fill your tank and make sure to watch for leaks.

Toilet replacement is really that simple, as long as you don’t run into any problems of course! If you don’t think you are up to the task or you have questions, let A Pro Plumbing be your guide. Our plumbers have great experience with toilet replacement and can help you get the job done quick and easy! It never hurts to have a trained eye to make sure things are running smoothly! Contact us today or request an appointment online!