Replacing a toilet may seem like a daunting task. However, it can be done with a few basic tools and some careful attention to detail. Here are the general steps involved in changing a toilet:
- Gather the necessary tools: You will need a wrench, a screwdriver, a putty knife, and a new toilet.
- Turn off the water supply: Locate the valve behind the toilet and turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply.
- Empty the toilet tank and bowl: Flush the toilet to empty the tank and bowl.
- Remove the old toilet: Unscrew the nuts that hold the toilet to the floor and remove them. Carefully lift the toilet off the flange and remove the wax ring from the base of the toilet.
- Prepare the new toilet: Install the wax ring onto the base of the new toilet.
- Install the new toilet: Carefully lower the new toilet onto the flange, making sure that the bolts are aligned with the holes in the base of the toilet. Once the toilet is in place, screw the nuts back onto the bolts and tighten them.
- Connect the water supply: Attach the water supply hose to the toilet’s fill valve and turn the water supply valve back on.
- Test the new toilet: Flush the toilet and check for leaks.
- Finish up: Use a putty knife to remove any excess wax from the base of the toilet and caulk around the base of the toilet to seal it to the floor.
This is meant as a guide only. Remember to follow all safety precautions and manufacturer instructions when replacing a toilet. If you are unsure of any steps, it is always a good idea to consult with Superior Plumbing & Drain.