Tips for Installing a New Toilet
Installing a new toilet can be a tough project-if you don’t have the right tools and techniques to get the job done right. Don’t spend a fortune on hiring a plumber to install your new toilet. Use this guide to installing a new toilet and get the most out of your bathroom space.
What Kind Of Toilet Should You Get?
So if you decided to get a new toilet for your bathroom, then you should get one that will last you for at least a decade. Toilets aren’t cheap, and getting a low-quality one is very expensive in the long run. That’s why, I recommend you do a bit of research on them before buying one.
There are a lot of types of different toilets, here are some of the most popular ones:
- Upflush Toilets
- Smart Toilets
- Macerating toilets
- Dual Flush Toilets
- Portable toilets
Personally, I use an Upflush toilet, because they are very easy to install and easy to maintain. According to homelivingstyle, they are very eco-friendly and water-efficient.
How To Install Your New Toilet
Removing the Old Toilet
This is the easiest part of the job, but it should be done with care. First, turn off the water supply to the toilet and disconnect the valve using a crescent wrench. Flush the toilet a few times to remove all of the water from the tank and toilet bowl. Use a sponge to sop up any leftover water in the bowl and tank.
Now use the crescent wrench to remove the two bolts that hold the toilet down to the floor. You may also need to cut the caulk that binds the toilet bowl to the floor. Gently rock the toilet back and forth to break the wax ring seal that holds the toilet to the drain pipe. Lift the toilet up and take it out of the bathroom.
Using an old rag, plug up the drainpipe to prevent any tools or materials from falling down the drain. A small throw away plastic spackling knife is needed to remove the old wax ring. Scrape away all of the leftover mess and toss in the trash.
Installing the New Toilet
You’ll need to buy a new wax ring to install on the drain pipe. Most toilet installation guides tell you to install the wax ring to the bottom of the toilet, and then lower it onto the drain pipe. It’s much easier to install the wax ring onto the drain first.
Place the two new toilet bowl bolts in the center of the drain and place the wax ring onto the center of the drain. You can now carefully lower the new toilet onto the drain and wax ring using the two bolts as a guide. Having a friend help you lower the toilet makes this job a whole lot easier.
Sit on the toilet to help secure the wax ring to the bottom of the toilet, but be sure not to rock back and forth or you may ruin the wax ring. Tighten the two bolts carefully and don’t over tighten or you could crack the ceramic.
Hook up the water supply and test for leaks. You may need to adjust the valve in the tank with a Phillips head screwdriver to ensure the water level is appropriate.