Toilet Repair & Installation/Replacement
There are a number of things that can go wrong when it comes to your toilet. If you've noticed that it is constantly running water or that it just doesn't flush properly anymore, and have tried to replace various parts but can't seem to fix the problem, then it might be time for a new toilet. It's a good idea to hire a professional to get the job done for you, as it will save you the time and the hassle. However, doing it yourself will usually be more cost efficient, and can be relatively easy if you know what you're doing. Here is a brief explanation of how to install a new toilet in your home.
Make sure to get rid of the existing water and turn off the water source
You're going to want to shut off the water valve and flush the old toilet to get as much of the water out as you can. Plunge out the remaining water, then sponge out whatever is left behind.
Remove the existing toilet
Remove the bolts that are on the base of the toilet. Once you've done this,then just rock the toilet back and forth to get it up from the floor. You'll notice that there's a sewer line hole directly underneath the toilet once you've removed it, so fill that in with a rack to prevent sewer gases from getting into your home. Next, remove the wax seal and make sure that the flange is in good condition. If the flange is damaged, then stop and call a plumber. Remove the rag from the hole once you've verified that the flange is alright.
Install the new toilet.
Take the bolts out of the flange and place the new wax seal on it, before replacing the closet bolts. You can then put the flange back where you found it. Now you're ready to attach the new tank to the new bowl. You'll simply have to place the tank on top of the bowl by lining up the bolts and placing down into place, then you can tighten it up by putting a nut onto each bolt. All you'll need to do now is put the toilet back onto the floor opening and secure it with the bolts.
Some finishing touches.
Now that the heavy lifting is done, all that's left to do is secure the new lid and seat to the toilet bowl and then reconnect the supply lines in the back of the toilet. And don't forget to put the caps back on the bolts at the base of the toilet. Keep in mind that you don't need to over tighten those bolts, and you should hacksaw off the top of the bolts if they are too high.
Other Bathroom repair, maintenance and other general advice
- Repairing a Leaky Toilet
- Water Saving Toilets
- Advice on Toilet Repair and Installation
- Basic Toilet Repair Advice
- Clogged Toilet How To
- Dealing with a Clogged Shower
- Improving the Performance of Shower Heads
- Maintaining Shower Heads
- Prepare to Install a New Bathtub Yourself
- Advice for Clogged Toilets
- Toilet Repair and Installation/Replacement
- Fixing a Bathtub Leak