How to Replace a Toilet – When it comes to do-it-yourself

When it comes to do-it-yourself home improvement, few projects strike fear in the hearts of homeowners quite like toilets. It just seems like so many things could go terribly, horribly wrong, doesn’t it? No one likes the thought of making a mistake that involves sewage.

Fortunately, replacing a toilet is a much less complex task than most homeowners realize. If you have the right materials and a tiny bit of know-how, the chances of a major disaster are slim. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide to replacing a toilet.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

To replace your toilet, you’ll need:

Choosing the Correct Toilet Size

Toilets come in a couple of standard sizes (and a few custom ones, too). With your old toilet in place, measure from the wall behind the toilet to the center of one of the bolts holding it to the floor. The standard rough-in is about 12” from the wall. If you have a small bathroom, it’s wise to measure from the side of the tank to the wall and from the front of the toilet to the door. Some elongated bowls won’t fit in small bathrooms—or they’ll fit, but you won’t be able to close the door! 

Step 2: Remove the Old Toilet

If Your Floor Flange is Damaged

Once you’ve removed your old toilet bowl, you may discover that the floor flange—the piece to which the bowl mounts—is damaged. If that’s the case, we’d be happy to help you replace it. 

Step 3: Install the New Toilet

New toilets come with installation directions, and it’s a good idea to review those. In general, though, you can use the following steps to install a new toilet:

Dayton-area homeowners have trusted Spartan Plumbing with their plumbing needs for years. If you’d rather have an expert replace your toilet, give us a call today.

Author Bio:
Josh Ferguson

Licensed plumber with 13 years of experience in the industry. A team of skilled professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and expert plumbing solutions for your home. Spartan Plumbing takes pride in providing high-quality plumbing services to its clients.