This article will provide the essential information you should learn about replacing a toilet, as well as a list of the various tools and materials you’ll need to finish the task.
Why Do I Need to Replace a Toilet?
If the toilet you have is in need of repair it is time for it to be replaced with a brand new one. You might also need to change your toilet if you are planning to upgrade your current model to a brand new one or to make your toilet match your bathroom’s new style.
How to Replace a Toilet Yourself
Here is a step-by step guide for replacing toilets:
Begin to turn the water supply to your toilet off via the valve for supply. This valve is usually in the back of the toilet. The supply valve should be turned completely until it doesn’t turn further. This will ensure that the toilet is disconnected from water sources.
Then flush the toilet in order to rid the tank of any remaining water. When the water has been shut off, it will not allow it to refill.
After you’ve completed this clean any water left within the cistern or bowl with a sponge or cloth.
When the toilet is dry, take the cistern bolts that are underneath the tank. Then, remove the line for water. They must be removed by hand and you might have to employ a wrench on the stubborn bolts.
The next step is to sit on the bowl and raise the tank from the bowl. Make sure to lift the tank using your legs, so that it’s safe because the cistern may be very heavy.
Then, take off the caps with decorative designs in the lower part of the bowl to expose the bolts for the floor. Utilize an adaptable wrench to take out the bolts.
After the bolts have been removed After that, the bowl should be rubbed around till the seal of wax is broken. Lift the bowl off the floor.
Scrape off any remaining wax off the floor using a tiny scraper.
Create an additional wax ring around the hole of the base of your new toilet, If there’s not one already installed.
When the new toilet is installed to go, raise the bowl and align it with the anchor bolts for the floor. After the anchor bolts are correctly inserted into the holes in the toilet, move the bowl around to close the wax ring then tighten the nuts by hand.
Verify that your bowl level prior to tightening the nuts with your wrench. You can do this by slowly switching between one bolt and the next. Be careful not to over tighten them, which could crack the new bowl.
Cover these bolts using the caps included in your toilet.
You can now place your cistern over the bowl. The tank will be guided in by the holes in the toilet then put the bolts in place underneath the tank with a wrench. Be careful not to tighten them too much.
Connect with the supply of water to the underside of the cistern.
Install silicone sealant at the toilet’s base.
After that After that, you can turn the water supply back on around the side of the toilet, and it will be in use.
Tools to Replace a Toilet:
- Old sponges or old rags
- Adjustable wrench
- Small scraper
Safety Equipment to Replace a Toilet
It is suggested that you wear gloves while replacing your toilet in order to prevent getting any bacteria or germs on your hands:
Materials to Replace a Toilet
- New toilet
- Bolts and nuts (usually included with a new toilet)
- Bolt caps (usually included with a new toilet)
- Silicone sealant
How to Prepare for Toilet Replacement
To get ready to replace toilet, you need to begin by measuring the dimensions of your old toilet. This will allow you to make sure you’re purchasing the right toilet that will fit in the same space.
Before you remove your old toilet, make sure that you have your new toilet set to be installed immediately.
Toilet Installation Regulations
If you are replacing your toilet, it is essential to be aware of rules and regulations that govern toilet installation. According to Part H of building regulations, any toilet replacement has to be able to drain properly to ensure safety and hygiene. This means that you must ensure that drains and waste pipes are running downwards from the toilet to the outlet.
Types of Toilets
There are a variety of different kinds of toilets. The right toilet for you will be based on your individual preferences as well as the area in which it will be put in.
Here’s a an overview of the various types of toilets available:
Close Coupled Toilet
Close-coupled toilets are the most well-known type of toilet that is available in the UK. This is a toilet where the cistern can be connected direct to the bowl. It is the model we used in our step-by-step to replace a toilet guide.
They are available in a wide range of modern and traditional styles, so you’ll be able to choose one that will complement your bathroom’s style.
A corner toilet is designed to perfectly make it fit perfectly into an angle. The toilets of this type are generally smaller than other kinds and are ideal to fit into smaller areas.
Wall Hung Toilet
They are a modern style of toilet, where the cistern is concealed in the wall. The toilet is mounted to the wall, without visible pipework or fittings.
They are also ideal for smaller spaces, and help with cleaning.
A low-level toilet is an old-fashioned look. This is because the toilet is installed in a low position to the wall and linked to the toilet by the pipe. These toilets look fantastic in old-fashioned homes.
A high-level toilet is identical to the low-level toilet, with the exception that the cistern is in the middle of the wall and the pipe for flushing is larger.
This is a classic kind of toilet that can be beautiful in a home built during the period.