Installing a new toilet in your bathroom may seem like a daunting task, but it can be easily done with the right tools and a little bit of know-how. Whether you’re replacing an old toilet or installing a new one in a brand new bathroom, here are the steps you need to follow to ensure a successful installation.
Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Materials
Before you begin the installation process, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials. You will need a new toilet, a wax ring, bolts and nuts, a wrench, a screwdriver, a level, a saw, and possibly a caulk gun. Make sure you have everything on hand before you start.
Step 2: Remove the Old Toilet
If you are replacing an old toilet, the first step is to remove it. Turn off the water supply to the toilet, then flush it to empty the bowl and tank. Remove the nuts that attach the toilet to the floor, and then carefully lift the toilet and set it aside.
Step 3: Install the Closet Flange
The closet flange is the metal or plastic ring that attaches to the floor and connects to the waste pipe. Make sure the old flange is removed or has been cleared of all residual parts. Ensure that the new flange is level and is connected securely. We recommend a high-quality rubber flange, which will accommodate various elevations of the flange to ensure alignment with the toilet bowl’s smooth closing.
Step 4: Install the Wax Ring
Place the wax ring onto the closet flange, ensuring you arrange everything correctly, preventing future leaks. It is crucial to make sure that the wax ring is correctly seated on the flange and also ensures that the waste pipe opening is seamlessly enclosed. If you are concerned, purchase an extra-thick wax ring.
Step 5: Install the Toilet Bowl
Carefully place the toilet bowl over the wax ring, ensuring that the holes on the base of the bowl match with the closet flange bolt holes. Use the nuts and bolts to secure the base to the flange, tightening them gently to prevent any breakage. Follow the instructions supplied by the manufacturer. Make sure the bowl sits firmly, adjust by pressing down and then give a gentle rock test.
Step 6: Install the Tank
Next, install the tank on top of the bowl, positioning it in the right place, then attaching it securely to the bowl, and aligning with the holes at the base of the bowl tightly. Install the water supply line to the tank and adjust the fill valve as per the instructions supplied by the manufacturer. Ensure adequate water supply to the tank.
Step 7: Caulk the Base
After the installation is complete, caulk around the base of the toilet, creating a watertight seal between the toilet base and the floor. It keeps water from seeping under the toilet and reinforces its stability.
In conclusion, installing a new toilet is an essential part of any bathroom renovation or replacement. By following the steps outlined above, you can achieve a perfect outcome. Also, remember, if you’re not comfortable performing the installation yourself, call a professional plumber. Happy renovating!