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3 Steps To Replace a Toilet

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet replacement in Lake Point, TX.

Here Are Three Steps To Replace A Toilet

Toilets are generally one of the most reliable plumbing fixtures. Unfortunately, there are times when homeowners may need to replace an old toilet. A leaking toilet is not a repair that many Lake Point, TX, homeowners are familiar with; however, it can be done on your own. 

1. Tighten the Closet Bolts
If you’re lucky, the leak may be fixed by simply tightening the closet bolts. These bolts are located on the base of the toilet and affix the toilet to the floor. Grab a slotted screwdriver to pry off the caps that are covering the bolts. Once the caps are removed, use a wrench to gently and alternately tighten each bolt. If tightening the bolts doesn’t stop the leak, move to step two.

2. Remove the Toilet
There is a wax gasket located underneath the toilet that creates a watertight seal. If the leak isn’t fixed by tightening the bolts, the gasket needs to be replaced. First, turn off the water supply and drain all the water from the tank by holding the handle down. Next, disconnect the water-supply tube and use a wrench to loosen the bolts that hold the toilet onto the floor. Third, lift the leaking toilet off by the bowl, not the tank, and place it in the tub or on an old blanket. Scrape the old wax off the floor and center the new wax gasket down on the closet flange.

3. Replace the Toilet
Use the bolts on the floor as a guide to set the new toilet down over the wax gasket and closet flange. Place the washers over the bolts and thread on the nuts. Before tightening the nuts all the way, press down with all your weight to compress the gasket. Alternately tighten the nuts and keep pressing on the toilet to ensure a tight fit. Replace the caps and reconnect the water-supply tube.
Toilet repair can be an intimidating home repair project because a leaking toilet can cause major problems. If you experience any type of water damage, water damage repair specialists are available to help with cleanup.

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