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6 Steps To Replace a Toilet

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Follow This Six-Step Process For a Toilet Repair

Toilets are one of the most durable fixtures in most homes but eventually, most do need to be repaired or replaced. If you need to remove your leaking toilet for a toilet repair or you’re ready to upgrade to a new unit, you can follow this six-step process.


Drain the water. Start by turning off the water supply at the toilet valve or the main shutoff to your house. You can remove most of the water from the toilet by flushing it and then remove the remainder with a large sponge.



Remove the old toilet. First, disconnect the water supply tube. Next, remove the cover caps from the bolts that fasten your toilet to the floor so that you can remove the nuts. Then, with an assistant, lift the toilet off the bolts. Finally, remove any wax or putty that remains on the flange.



Test fit your new toilet. Place the base of your new toilet on the flange to make sure the bolts align with the holes in the base and that the toilet is level. If the toilet is not level, you can level it with shims.



Apply the wax ring to your new toilet. Make sure your room is at least 70 degrees before applying the wax ring to the bottom discharge outlet of your new toilet. Center the ring and press firmly until it is properly seated on the outlet. A proper seal can help you avoid a leaking toilet.



Place the new toilet. Lower the new toilet on to the flange bolts, applying gentle pressure until it is firmly seated against the floor. Then reconnect everything in reverse order of removal.



Make plumbing connections and test for leaks. Finish your plumbing connections and turn the water back on to check for leaks. If something is leaking, turn the water back off and inspect your connections and seals.


Replacing a toilet can seem like an intimidating process but following these steps should help you successfully complete the project. If your leaking toilet has left you with water damage, consider contacting a water damage cleanup specialist to ensure you don’t end up with a larger problem.

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