Plumbing Services in Sherrills Ford, NC
When it comes to the subject of toilets, well, there isn’t a lot to say except, they are. They perform a function, and until there’s a problem and one needs to be replaced or repaired, there’s not a lot to say about them. Maybe yours is a color that has been out of style for the past 20 years, like robin-egg blue, or maybe it’s chipped and ugly. Or maybe there really is something wrong with it such as a leak or it just doesn’t work as efficiently as it used to. Any of these issues is a good reason to replace what you have with something new.
The good news in this is that a Toilet Installation really isn’t as difficult as it might seem. It is, however, heavy and fraught with all sorts of downsides if you don’t happen to do things just right. This often makes it a good idea to have a plumber do the job for you. If you are the adventurous sort, however, go for it. This article will provide a basic outline of what needs to be done. It sure beats a Water Heater Installation or a Drain Cleaning.
Replacing a toilet really can be an onerous job, so this article will assume that you are having a plumber do the work. Good for you. If you need a little encouragement, watch them work. It will be easier to convince yourself to let someone else do the job after you see how heavy and cumbersome it is.
Taking a toilet out is much more than the opposite of putting one back in. Taking a toilet out is a matter of turning off the water, emptying the tank and bowl, then removing it. On the other hand, replacing a toilet is fraught with fine points that can easily make the job success or a failure.
Replacing the Toilet
After the toilet is removed, a general cleanup should be done to give yourself a fresh place to start. Hopefully, you or whoever did the removal also closed pipe to the sewer to prevent fumes from overwhelming you.
While you are at it, replace the flange just to make sure you have a good one. Now, put a new wax seal in place to give yourself a fresh start with that as well.
Resetting the Toilet
Now it’s time to reset the new toilet, which is largely a matter of placing the new toilet onto the flange and screwing it down to finish the job. If the screws line up with the holes at the base of the toilet, you should be good to go. Tighten the nuts down and that part of the job is complete.
Next, it’s time to set the tank, which is a matter of placing the tank on the back of the toilet so that the drain at the baselines up with the opening on the top of the bowl. This should have a rubber or nylon gasket to prevent leaking, but if it does not, you will need to get one. Assuming this fits correctly, the screws that protrude from the bottom of the tank should fit nicely in the holes on the top of the bowl. After these are in, use the nuts to finish installing the tank.
Bring on the Water
At this point, there are two things that need to be done and in no particular order. First, connect the chain inside the tank between the handle and the flapper at the base. All this hardware should have come with your toilet.
Next, connect the tank with the water source on your wall. It might be a good idea to use a little plumber’s putty or plumber’s tape to keep these connections from leaking. Now turn on the water.
Attaching the Seat
To complete the job, you will need a place to sit. This is done by attaching the seat to the bowl, by inserting the screws that come with the seat to the bowl surface. These screws are usually nylon or plastic to keep rust from making a mess.
In some cases, the attachment screws come permanently fixed to the seat. In other cases, they are separate. Regardless, they usually screw onto the top surface of the bowl and the covers snap in place.
One More Finished Job
One more beautiful toilet has been installed. When you think about it, it isn’t a difficult job. It might be heavy and awkward, but it’s not hard to do. Whether this inspires you to do the job yourself the next time might be a matter of debate.