How to remove and install the new toilet

People think removing a toilet is complex home maintenance project that only a plumber can do, but it’s not true.

If an old toilet is giving you frequent trouble, replacing it may be the best option. A new toilet can solve many problems and should provide years of trouble-free service. It’s also a good opportunity to install a model that saves water. Once you have your new toilet, you can start removing the old one. Since toilets are heavy, it’s easier to remove the tank first, then the bowl. Turn off the water supply line and flush the water from the tank. Remove the rest of the water in the tank with a sponge. Then disconnect the water supply lines from the tank. Position a bucket to catch any water remaining in the bowl or lines. Unscrew the nuts on the bottom of the tank and lift it off the bowl. Wear gloves in case it cracks. Use a water solidifier to keep any remaining water from sloshing out of the bowl. You could also use a sponge to get the water out. Loosen and remove the nuts holding the toilet bowl to the floor. Lift the bowl and set it out of the way on a garbage bag. Remove the old wax ring.

Wax rings cannot be reused. Stuff a rag in the hole to block sewer gases and prevent anything from falling into the drain. Use a putty knife to remove any excess wax on the flange. If you don’t like the thought of your putty knife being used on a sewer drain, use a plastic putty knife or shim to remove the old wax ring. They’re budget-friendly and can be thrown away after you’re finished with the job. Remove the old closet bolts from the flange. Make any repairs to the flange as needed. Repair kits are available to fix a broken flange. Replacement flanges are also available to fit inside the pipe and create a tight seal. The flange should be a little higher than your finished floor. However, if you’re adding new flooring your flange could be too low. Products are available to create the proper seal when the toilet is in place, such as taller wax rings and flange spacers. Taller wax rings install just the same as a typical wax ring. Some are wax-free and use foam and rubber to create a seal. Flange spacers sit on top of the existing flange.

You must use silicone between the spacer and flange to create a seal, then secure the spacer to the subfloor. Now your old toilet is removed, it’s time to give the floor a good clean and remove any debris that’s in the way.
As with a lot of bathroom renovation jobs you must wait for tillers to get walls tiled and floors down before you
can process with your new toilet installation.

Fix the toilet to the floor. The first thing you’ll want to do, before actually securing the toilet in place, is to get the new toilet bowl into the  osition you want it to be in. Fit the soil pipe. Before you fix the  oil pipe on the back of the toilet it’s a good idea to get a silicone gun and run around the inside of the pipe. Now when you put the toilet back you shouldn’t have any leaks. Put the cistern back on. Make sure that any seals that she supplied with your new toilet are in place to avoid unwanted leaks. Once they are its time to drop the cistern onto the toilet. You can also like to squirt a blob of silicone down behind the new cistern to help secure it to the wall. Sort out the water supply. This could potentially be the trickiest part of your new toilet installation, depending on the length and positioning of any pipe work coming from your new toilet and also the pipes that are already fitted from your old toilet. It’s possible that fitting your new toilet properly might involve some soldering or use of compression fittings.
This is where a professional plumber could be the best solution to avoid problems. We’d also recommend installing a small isolation valve so that if you have any toilet problems in the future you don’t have to turn the whole system off. You can just isolate the toilet itself.

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