Replacing a toilet may seem like a daunting task, but with the right instructions, it can be done relatively easily. In this blog post, we will provide you with all the information you need to successfully replace your toilet without any problems. So read on for everything you need to know!
How to replace a toilet
To begin, you will need to shut off the water supply and kill the electricity (if applicable). Just follow these simple steps:
1. Locate your home’s water meter and turn the knob to stop water from entering your house.
2. Find your home’s circuit breaker box and flip the switch marked ‘Electricity’.
If electricity is needed for your project, you will need to hire an electrician to install the outlet.
Now that you have shut off the water and electricity, you can begin removing the old toilet. This part of your project should be done by two people so you do not risk dropping or breaking anything. All tools needed for this section are listed below:
- Socket wrench
- Pry bar or flathead screwdriver
- Hammer and crowbar (for stubborn screws)
Before you can remove the toilet, you must shut off the water supply at the top of the tank. This valve is located just above your toilet tank, behind a small access door on top of it. Once you have turned the valve to stop water from coming in, turn on your sink faucet to remove any remaining water in the tank.
Now that your toilet is all shut off, you can begin loosening the nuts connecting it to your plumbing system. These are located under your toilet and there should be enough room for you to remove them with a socket wrench.
Once the nuts have been removed, you will be able to lift up your old toilet and disconnect it from where it is situated under the floor. You can now take out this section of pipe as well as the P-trap (a U shaped piece of pipe) and put them in a safe place (you will be able to use them again).
Now that your old toilet is out of the way, you can install your new toilet. Just set it on top of the flange (the little hole in the bathroom floor) and connect each section of pipe with its corresponding nut (be sure to use Teflon tape to avoid leaks later on).
After you have connected your new toilet, turn the water supply back on. Open the valve at the top of your tank and check for any leaks around where it is making contact with the floor (be sure to wipe up any excess water that may be left over). You can now screw in your access door.
Once you are done, you can reattach your cover and replace the tank lid. Turn on the water supply for a final time and check under your toilet to make sure it is not leaking anymore. Voila! You have successfully replaced your old toilet with a new one.
If you notice that you are still not getting any water pressure, then there may be a more serious problem with your plumbing system. It is advised that you use a plunger to clear out any blockages in your pipes and have a professional look at the issue before proceeding with this project.
If there are no leaks or water pressure problems, then go ahead and screw in your new light bulb! Your toilet will look great again and will be ready for its next use. You can do this project by yourself or with some help, but the important thing is that you are able to complete it on your own terms. Happy replacing!
Alex Kiangi is the Chief Editor here at Sleek Home HQ. He founded this site back in 2016 and in 2019, he joined hands with two other home improvement experts to focus on developing guides, reviews, and helpful material for anyone looking for reliable cleaning and toilet gear. Alex has over 12 years of experience as a home improvement expert and has worked with leading home improvement brands. He has a Masters Degree in Interior Design and an undergraduate degree in Economics. He started his career as a sales associate at Homes Depot and he has since worked with over 100 clients to assist them to improve their toilets.