How to Install a Toilet On Your Own

Installing a new toilet might seem like it is a major renovation, but in fact it is one of the easiest home improvements to do on your own. Do not waste money by hiring a plumber to do this when you can do it yourself for a huge fraction of the cost.

The first thing that you need to do before getting started is to measure the toilet that you are looking to replace. You want to make sure that when you go to buy a new one you get one that is similar in size to that one. You do not want to buy one that is too small or too large to fit properly.

You should do a little research before you purchase a new toilet. There are many different kinds out there, and you should make yourself aware of them before you start investing any money. The newer toilets are made to be more energy efficient because they use less water and the bowls run for a shorter time. Shop around and choose the one that suits you and your needs.

You should check with the city or town that you live in because a lot of them offer rebates to residents that buy specific types of toilets. Most of the time if you buy a “greener” toilet you become eligible for some type of discounts.

Now that you are aware of what toilets are available, and whether or not you will be eligible for a rebate, it is time to go out and buy a toilet. The best place to go is to a large home improvement store because you will have a much larger selection. You should try doing a little comparison shopping to make sure that you are getting the best deal.

You have to be careful when you remove the old toilet because you do not want to damage anything. Take your time with it to make sure that you are doing things the right way. Most of the time the toilet will lift right off after the bolts are removed.

The next thing that you want to do is to install the flange as well as the new toilet. This is not very hard at all and can be done in just a few minutes.

Once you have installed your new toilet you want to flush it a few times to make sure that it is not leaking. If you notice any water coming from the sides of it you need to turn the water off, remove the toilet and try reinstalling it.

Once that is done all you have left to do is to install the toilet seat, place the caps on it and add some caulk to the edges to make sure it is all sealed.

This article showed you several of the basic steps for replacing a toilet on your own. You can save a lot of money by installing a low consumption toilet bowl, and by not having to hire someone to do the job.