How to – The Ultimate Guide: Toilet Replacement

Most of the water used in the average household gets flushed down the toilet. If your toilet is old and inefficient, you may be using more water than necessary. A high-efficiency toilet can reduce the amount of water you use to reduce your expenses. A leaky or malfunctioning toilet can be a hassle at best and a serious problem at worst. When your toilet isn’t operating correctly, the first option involves repairing your existing toilet. If this proves impossible, the next option involves a complete toilet replacement. With a toilet replacement guide, you can perform your own plumbing work to save money and make your bathroom fixtures work again.

How to Remove the Old Toilet. When you decide that you must replace your toilet, the first step involves choosing a toilet that will fit into your space. Measure the space for the toilet, including the wall behind the toilet. Measure between the wall and the bolts on the floor. This measurement will determine the size and style of the new toilet you select. Because toilet bases can be of varying size, these mounting holes must fit the existing configuration and space in your bathroom. Remove the old toilet first by turning off the water supply to the toilet. Flush the toilet to get any existing water out of it and then disconnect the supply line from the toilet bowl. Remove the toilet tank from the toilet bowl by removing the bolts that connect them. Move the tank out of the room to get it out of the way. Remove the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. As you loosen the toilet from its mount, take care not to spread the gasket wax onto surrounding surfaces. Move the toilet out of the way and place a towel into the drain hole to keep gases out of the bathroom.  Clean off any remaining wax and putty from the area around the base of the toilet so the entire area is clean and ready for the new toilet.

How to Install the New Toilet. Insert the bolts into the flange. Install the wax ring onto the waste horn. Move the towel that was plugging the waste drain hole and place the toilet onto the flange. Install the washers and nuts and then press down on the toilet gently before tightening the nuts evenly. Place bolt caps onto the bolts. Check the toilet for leaks. As long as nothing is leaking, seal the base of the toilet with silicone sealant. Place the rubber gasket over the outlet at the bottom of the toilet tank. Insert the tank bolts and washers from the inside of the toilet tank, pushing them through to the bowl. Position the tank and tighten the nuts evenly. Install the toilet seat.

Turn on the water supply line and test the flushing of the toilet. You may need to adjust the flushing mechanism slightly. Take care not to tighten any bolts too much – damage can occur to the toilet base if you tighten bolts too tightly. With a little effort and a few hours of time, you can place a new toilet into your bathroom.

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