How To Install A Toilet

Do you have a broken or a damaged toilet? Is something blocking out the flush line of your toilet? Or is it just the color of your toilet that you don’t like? There are many different excuses and reasons to get yourself a new toilet for your bathroom.

While most people consider taking the help of a professional plumber, there are others that just want to do the job for themselves. But whatever be the reason for you to change your toilet if you think that it is time to throw out the old one and get yourself and new and more efficient toilet then we suggest that you do that right away.

Who said installing a toilet is hard? We think that it is a bit of an overstatement to think that installing toilets is rocket science. Most of the homeowners opt to remove their old ones to replace it with a better one without taking any professional help. And trust me, it is better that way. Think about all the money you’d save. There are just a few things that you need to take care of first.

Removing The Old One

Before you actually go ahead and install a new toilet in your bathroom, you gotta do something about the old toilet first. Removing an old toilet has some easy steps and procedures that you will have to follow to ensure that the removal is done efficiently.

First of all, you need to shut off the water supply before anything. Flush off any extra water that is left in the tank and the bowl. You can use a plunger to suck up the leftover water in the bowl. Remove the water that’s remaining in the tank with the help of a sponge. Disconnect the base of the tank from the supply line.

The next thing that you need to do is pop the trim caps off the toilet base. Remove all the washers and the nuts of the closet bolts which secure the bowl. Rusted nuts need to be cut off by hacksaws.

After that remove the toilet gently and fill the opening in the sewer system line with a rag to ward of the gases. Seal them up for installing the new one.

Installing Tips For You

Here are some tips which will certainly help you to install the toilet in a better way.

  • The first thing that you need to do is to assemble all the components of the toilet together before you actually fit them. The tank can be an addition to the weight, but it is a convenient way to prepare yourself. Make sure that everything is in place.
  • After removing the old toilet, you need to check the flange, which is the wax ring. Clean it up with something to inspect for any flaws or damages. Replace if the flange cannot be repaired.
  • You need to place the closet bolts next. Use the self-adjusting ones to make sure that they do harm the bolt length. Slip them on the sides.
  • Place the wax ring under the toilet or on the flange according to your requirement. Putting the wax ring on the flange ensures that it doesn’t fall during the lugging.
  • Position the toilet on top of the flange and make sure that the holes are in line with the closer bolts. Press firmly to ensure that the toilet is correctly set against the floor.
  • You can use the regular washers or the nylon ones over the bolts any day. You need to tighten the nuts by the hand to ensure that they are efficiently set.
  • Check the level of the toilet, both side-to-side and front-to-back. The leveling of the toilet is very important. Make sure that you tighten the bolts effectively and attach the caps later.
  • Add the supply line next with the help of a connector. Use of rubber gaskets recommended so that you don’t have to wrap up the threads with Teflon tape.
  • Check for any flaws and leaks once the connection is made. Switch on the water supply for filling the tank. Check whether the water is meeting the fill line or not.
  • Most people debate on caulking the base, and it is completely optional.

There you have it; your toilet is all ready for use. Make sure you use the right tools and the right techniques mentioned above to ensure the efficient installing the toilet.

Erin Emanuel

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