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How To Replace a Toilet

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Plumber replacing broken toilet in a washroom If you have a leaking toilet, in Woburn, MA, you will need to remove it and replace it

5 Steps to Replacing a Toilet

If you have a leaking toilet, in Woburn, MA, you will need to remove it and replace it to stop the leak. You can replace it with a newer model, or if you prefer, you may be able to reuse your old toilet. Either way, the process of replacing your toilet is the same. Here are five steps you will need to follow when replacing your toilet.

1. Turn Off the Water The shut-off valve is usually located on the wall behind the toilet. Occasionally, it may be found in the crawl space or basement.

2. Dry the Water To allow the maximum amount of water to drain out of the bowl, flush the toilet while holding down the handle. Next, use a sponge to remove any remaining water from the tank of your leaking toilet. You can use a small cup to scoop out any water remaining in the bowl.

3. Remove the Toilet After disconnecting the water supply tube and removing the nuts, gently rock the toilet back and forth. Once the wax seal breaks, lift the old toilet off the floor and set it aside.

4. Clean off Wax Gasket You can use a putty knife to remove the old wax gasket from the flange and bottom of the toilet. If the flange is cracked or bent, it will need to be replaced too.

5. Install the New Toilet Position the toilet over the wax gasket. Use the closet bolts to guide you into the correct location. Sit or push down on the toilet to compress the gasket, and then install and tighten the bolts.

Many homeowners do not realize that toilets require maintenance and certain parts can wear out over time. If you find you have a leaking toilet or need toilet repair, you can call a professional water restoration company to find the source of the leak, replace the toilet, disinfect, and clean up any water damage.

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