Easy steps to replace a toilet
WHETHER you’re installing a water-efficient model or resetting an old loo after a bathroom renovation, removing and replacing a toilet is a straightforward project that can be completed in a day. Simply follow these tips…
Step 1 Switch off the water before you do anything. If your bathroom doesn’t have a stopcock in the room, switch off the main water supply.
Most modern homes have a stopcock positioned next to or close to the toilet. Switch off and disconnect the pipes from the water supply to the base of the toilet cistern.
Step 2 To empty out any remaining water in the toilet, flush it until the cistern is completely empty, and then use a dry sponge and bucket to remove any water left in the toilet bowl. You will also need some rags to catch any remaining water in the outlet pipe. Don’t worry, this is clean water.
Step 3 Now comes the fun part. If your toilet is bolted to the floor, you can undo the bolts to remove it. However, if the toilet is cemented to the floor, it will have to be chiselled out and broken off.
Remember to wear a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying bits. Don’t forget to also put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands.
Once you have removed the toilet, use a cloth and a bucket of water to clean the floor. Don’t sweep as this only creates more dust.
Step 4 Once the toilet has been removed and the excess concrete chipped off the floor, you may experience a foul smell coming from the outlet pipe. Plug this with a couple of plastic bags while you work.
Step 5 Fit the new toilet into the outlet pipe until snug, and then fasten the toilet to the floor, pop the cistern on top of the base and fasten these together. At this sage, you also want to fasten the cistern to the wall.
While you can use sanitary fixings or rawl bolts to fasten the toilet to the floor, contractor adhesives work just as well. You can use Pattex PL700 to glue the base of the toilet onto the tiles.
Step 6 You now need to fit a new wax seal between the toilet and the outlet pipe. If it has not been already cut, cut it so that you can fit the seal around the outlet pipe at the back of the toilet and push it into the main outlet pipe. There must be no holes or gaps anywhere or water will leak out onto the floor.
Step 7 That was easy, now comes the tricky part. When you buy a new toilet, it doesn’t come pre-assembled.
You have to put everything that fits into the cistern together. Manufacturers do, however, provide instructions, and this is also a good way to find out how your toilet works. Finished Once you’re done, connect the water supply, switch on the stopcock or main water cut-off and inspect the toilet for leaks.
If your bathroom doesn’t have a stopcock in the room, switch off the main water supply.