Toilet Replacement Services
Are you considering toilet replacement in one or more of your home’s bathrooms? If so, give Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter a call for expert toilet leak repair or replacement. Professional installation services are always the better route to take. That being said, we know that some homeowners like to tackle these projects themselves. If you fit into that category, check out our pro tips to help the installation process to go smoothly.
How to Replace a Toilet – Installation Tips
Measure twice. Install once. Too many times people forget to measure and purchase the wrong model. Toilets are not universal sizes. Measure the existing space and take note of the type of toilet you currently have. Use this information to buy a toilet that fits in the space. Also, handle with care. Toilets are heavy, especially older models. It takes just one mistake for a toilet to topple over. Not only do you put yourself in harm’s way if you knock over a commode, but you also damage flooring. So, always take extra special care when removing a toilet.
Scan this list of toilet replacement dos and don’ts to make sure you’re ready to install your new toilet:
- Always turn off the water from the water supply line before removing the toilet.
- Carefully remove the tank lid and place it to the side before you remove the refill tube from the overflow pipe.
- When replacing a toilet, don’t forget to drain the tank completely and make sure it’s dry.
- Disconnect all the interior tank hardware.
- Remove the tank from the toilet. This minimizes the risk for potential damage to flooring or bodily injury when removing the toilet.
- Unscrew bolts from the base of the toilet before removing. This seems like a no-brainer, but we wouldn’t be reminding you if we haven’t seen people try to remove a toilet that’s still connected.
- You need to loosen the seal between the floor and the bowl before removing the toilet. This requires the use of a utility knife. If the toilet is still secured after loosening the seal, rock the toilet to continue to loosen the grip.
- After the toilet is removed, use a rag to fill the drainpipe. This prevents deadly sewer gases from entering your home.
- Before you install the new toilet clean the drain hole.
- Always apply a new wax gasket before installing the new toilet.
- Use caulk to seal the toilet properly.
- Make sure the toilet is level before and after you bolt it into place. Never sit on a wobbly toilet. The toilet could break and you could get hurt.
- Turn the water back on after the toilet is installed and test for leaks.
Would you prefer to let the pros handle toilet installation? If so, call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter today. Our licensed and insured plumbers install all makes and models of toilets. We even help you pick out a new toilet if you’re not sure which is the best choice for your budget or water conservation. Call to schedule an appointment or make an appointment online.