Unless you’re a handyman, replacing the toilet is a straightforward but unappealing job. Most people prefer to avoid working around toilet bowls. Toilets often smell funny and can never be clean enough. Out of the various fixtures in a house, the toilet is the most likely to be used and forgotten, unless the homeowner embarks on a renovation of the bathroom.
Despite the toilet’s poor standing on the list of appealing home fixtures, you might be surprised at how nice it is to have a new toilet bowl installed. Modern toilets come with a wide range of features that look stylish, improve usability, increase comfort, and save water. Before you hire a professional handyman to remove and replace the toilet for you, consider doing the job yourself. Although using an experienced handyman allows you to schedule the job, leave, and come back to find your new toilet installed and waiting, you can save a significant amount of money by not letting the toilet bowl intimidate you.
Use the following steps to remove your toilet bowl:
- 1. Turn off the water to the toilet. Most bathrooms have a water valve right by the bowl or under the sink. Turn the handle clockwise to turn the water off.
- 2. Flush the toilet to expel the water remaining in the bowl and tank.
- 3. Remove the lid from the septic tank and set it aside.
- 4. Sop up any remaining water in the bowl or tank with a sponge, rags, or the mop.
- 5. Unscrew the water supply line from the back of the toilet. Use a rag to wipe up any residual water that is expelled from the line.
- 6. Look behind the toilet and unscrew the two sets of nuts and bolts under the toilet lip that attach the tank to the bowl.
- 7. Remove the tank from the bowl and place it aside.
- 8. Remove the bolt caps and unscrew the nuts at the base of the toilet, connecting it to the floor.
- 9. Gently rock the toilet from side to side to break the wax seal that attaches the toilet to the drain in the floor.
- 10. Carefully, lift the toilet and set it aside, being careful not to spill any water that may remain inside.
- 11. Stuff a rag in the sewer drain to prevent noxious gases from escaping until you are ready to install a new toilet. You have just done as good a job removing the toilet as any handyman.
Sometimes doing the job yourself is a rewarding experience; however, make sure that if you are not confidant in doing so, contact a local handyman to do the job for you.