Plumbing Services in Denver, NC

Do you have an aging relic in your bathroom? No, this is not about friends or family members. It’s about the toilet.

If your toilet was installed during the Eisenhower administration or earlier, chances are probably pretty good that it needs replacement. This is no reflection on any political party. It’s just that when fixtures such as toilets get old, certain parts like seals become old, brittle, and leak. Further, fixtures such as toilets also become less efficient, and technology is updated to deliver products that save homeowners time and money. The bottom line is that a new toilet won’t cost, it pays. Besides, installing a toilet will cost less than a Water Heater Installation and Drain Cleaning.

Installing a Toilet

If the situation above describes you and your home, and a new Toilet Installation is called for, it might be of great comfort to know that installing a new toilet really isn’t that complicated, although it is fraught with issues that can be problems if they are not considered early on. Follow the advice in this article, and you will have one less aging artifact in your home.

Getting Started

You have brought your new toilet home. Congratulations. If it’s anything like most toilets, there is a lot in common with every other. This can be used to your advantage, primarily because it will allow the use of much of what is already there.  There’s no need for cutting more holes or installing new hardware.

The only issue that could become a problem is with the closet flange, which is that opening below the toilet that looks like a gasket attached to a pipe. If this isn’t flush with the floor, it needs to be, which might require a plumber. It is also important to make sure all the old sealant is removed from the floor. This will give you a nice level surface to work with and ensure a good seal.

Attaching the Bowl

Once everything on the base is clean, make sure the securing screws are pointing up from the base and that the wax seal is in place on the flange. Now, put the bowl into the proper position on the flange. Then screw the nuts onto the screws. The bowl is now secure.

Attaching the Tank

Now it is time to install the tank, which is considerably less of a balancing act and guesswork. To do this, but the opening in the base of the tank over the hole in the back of the bowl. The opening of the hole in the tank should have a nylon or rubber gasket, which prevents leaks from the tank. Once the tank is lowered onto the bowl, two screws should fit securely in holes on either side of the center drain. Use nuts to secure the tank to the bowl.

Next, two things need to be accomplished before the water is turned on. First, the chain which connects the flapper to the handle needs to be attached. The chain will run from the flapper in the base of the tank to the inside of the handle. Next, a connection between the tank and the water source outside of the toilet needs to be connected. This is normally done by securing a flexsteel pipe that runs between the valve coming from the wall to the base of the tank. Using a plumber’s putty or tape is a good idea for waterproofing these connections.

Securing the Seat

There’s one last part of installing a toilet that needs to be completed: installing the seat. To do this, either use the seat that is included or purchase another that might be more your style. The only caution to exercise when doing this is to make sure that the seat you are buying and what will fit your bowl is the same. In most cases, people will buy what fits the distance between the screws on the bowl. Unfortunately, there is usually no difference in these. The difference is in the length of the seat since some bowls use an elongated seat while others use around one.

Most seats fit onto the bowl with two plastic or nylon screws. These are usually either separate from the seat or part of it. All that needs to be done in either case is to attach the screws and secure the caps on the seat to them.

Testing the Toilet

Now it’s time to turn on the water and make sure everything is working as it should. This means that there are no leaks. Turn on the water, then take a look around all the seals to make sure there is no water escaping. Now flush the toilet five or six times to make sure everything is working properly. If so, everything is good to go.