The average toilet can last between 25 to 50 years, so if you are lucky, you may never need to replace one. However, over time, your toilet can easily become an eyesore. Installing a toilet is relatively easy if you follow a few simple steps. If you don’t have the tools to install the toilet or enough bodies to help lift it, we recommend hiring a professional plumber. Remember, the average toilet can weigh between 70 to 100 lbs., so you will need at least two people to carry your toilet inside. Below are the steps you need to take if you decide to install a new toilet on your own:
Remove Your Old Toilet
The first obvious step is removing your old toilet. To do this, you will need to turn off the water supply, remove all of the water from the tank, and then remove the toilet bowl. Next, you need to get rid of the wax and wax ring (you will install another with the new toilet). Remember, toilets can weigh up to 100lbs, so you should hire a plumber if you do not have enough people to help you lift the toilet.
Put in the New Bolts
To begin installing the new toilet, you must first put in install new bolts – the bolts that the toilet bowl will connect to. The bolts will either go into slots that are on the flange. Be extra certain that these are tight, as you want to make sure your toilet does not wiggle.
Install and Secure the Toilet Bowl
Now it’s time to install and secure the bowl. Remember, the bowl can be very heavy, so you might need a couple of hands to help carry the toilet bowl to the bathroom. To secure the bowl, firmly place it on top of the new bolts and make sure it evenly aligns with the wall. Do not attempt to wiggle or move it back and forth as this could through it out of alignment.
Assemble and Secure the Tank
After you install the bowl, you need to make sure the tank is ready to go and then secure the tank on top of the bowl. Fortunately, most tanks already have the valve in them, so you should not have to install it yourself. There should be bolts that secure the tank to the bowl – be sure that the bolts are tight before moving on to the next step. You can first tighten the bolts by hand and then use a wrench to tighten them even more. Be careful though, if the bolts are too tight, they could damage the toilet.
Put on the Seat
The last step to installing a toilet is probably the easiest – putting on the seat. To put on the seat, simply place it on top of the bowl and make sure that it is aligned. Then, take a screwdriver and secure the seat to the bowl. If you run into any problems while you install your new toilet, we highly recommend that you use a professional plumber to help you. A skilled plumber can install a new toilet in less than an hour for an affordable price.