Plumbing Services in Cornellius, NC

Toilets.  For most people, there isn’t a lot to say on the topic, until the time comes when there’s a need for one and none are available. Otherwise, the subject isn’t usually something that is discussed in, should it be called, “polite society.” In some cases, however, there is room for discussion, particularly when it comes to replacing an ugly or broken toilet. Unfortunately, at least for most people, how to replace a toilet isn’t a topic that is widely understood.

Fortunately, this article was prepared to bring readers up to date to help them make a determination as to whether the job is something they want to do themselves or is better left to a plumber.

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Moe

When it comes to Toilet Installation, the job is much more complicated than repeating that childhood nursery rhyme. The truth is that most people consider toilet installation to be a big, heavy, dirty, and onerous job that is best left to a professional. This Is a matter of opinion, of course, but when it comes to the finer points of the job, allowing a professional plumber to do the work becomes a little more convincing. A toilet installation isn’t as difficult as a Water Heater Installation or a Drain Cleaning, but it requires a touch.

There are many reasons for wanting to replace a toilet, but when it comes right down to it, toilets a much the same in the way they function. As a result, their structure is also much the same, which makes explaining how to replace them easier.

Replacing the Old Fixture

Replacing an old toilet is more than just the opposite of putting one in. If yours is already taken out, good for you. If not, it’s not a big job to take a toilet out. Just turn off the water, use a bucket to remove the water, then unscrew the toilet from the base.  Now remove it.

Before you replace your toilet, however, it is a good idea to clean the area where the old toilet was and remove all of the old sealants. It’s also a good idea to use a new flange and wax seat for the new toilet. Hopefully, some kind of cover was put into the pipe to keep sewer gas out of your house.

Setting the Toilet

Before the toilet is set, make sure that the flange is even with the floor. If it is not, it will need to be cut. After this Is done, the flange and the wax seal will need to be positioned correctly to ensure a good seal.

Once this is done, position the bowl onto the flange. If the positioning is correct, not only will the bowl feel secure, but the screws that keep the bowl in place will come easily through the base. Now put the nuts on the screws.

Now for the Tank

It’s now time to add the tank to your toilet. This is easily done by positioning the tank onto the bowl. Do this by putting the opening in the bottom of the tank into the opening on the top of the bowl. There should also be two screws that project from the bottom of the tank to secure the tank in position. Once this is done, use the nuts to secure the tank.

Next, connect the water source from the wall to the tank. This connection usually runs from the wall via a small flexible pipe and fits on the tank. Use nipple cream or plumber’s tape to waterproof the connection.

Before the water is turned on, install the flapper and chain in the toilet tank. This is a small plastic or metal chain that runs from the flapper in the base to the handle.

Please Be Seated

Now it’s time for the finishing touch, a seat. This is usually very easy to do. Most seats come with two plastic or nylon screws that secure the seat to the bowl. Sometimes, these screws are separate, but sometimes they are also connected to the seat itself. Just position the seat on the bowl and feed the screws through the holes in the seat to the bowl. Sometimes these snap into place once they are screwed in.

Water Please

Your toilet installation is complete. If everything has been done correctly, there should be no trouble with your new toilet. All that needs to be done is to turn on the water from the wall, wait for the tank and bowl to fill, then flush it about four or five times to make sure everything is working correctly and there are no leaks. You are in business to, well, go.