Removing a toilet may seem difficult and messy, but it is way too simple than you think. All you need is to know the right method for removing it without getting your hands clogged with the mess. However, before grabbing those tool from your basement here are a few important things to consider.
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- Ceramic toilets can be pretty much heavier. Either get a partner to help you out, or try to lift your leg to avoid any unexpected back injury.
- Make sure you wear a pair of sanitary gloves before starting. Believe me, that mold and debris is the most awkward thing you’ll touch.
So, let us get hooked up with the guide. I’ve explained it in a step-by-step manner so that it is fun and exciting to do.
- An average sized bucket.
- Ratchet wrench.
- Different sized sockets.
- A sponge.
- A simple wrench of average size. Most of the bolts and nuts on a toilet seat aren’t that much big.
- Multi-purpose screwdriver.
- A putty knife and a hacksaw. We may need to pierce through some old plastic.
Removing a Toilet
1: Firstly you have to cut the water supply. Do this by disconnecting the water supply tube. Make sure to turn off the water valve. We recommend flushing the toilet as well and use the sponge to get rid of the excess water. Also, sponge the bowl. Make sure you have worn the sanitary gloves.
2: Now remove the nuts located on the mounting bolts to lift the water tank. Use a ratchet wrench for this purpose. A toilet usually has three nuts one on each side and one in the middle.
3: Next you have to unbolt the toilet seat from the floor. Use a ratchet wrench for this purpose. Remove the nuts carefully with an adjustable wrench. If it is stuck due to rust, spray some oil on it. In case the nuts are still stuck, use the hacksaw to cut them off.
4: Now you have to break the toilet seal. This is actually a wax ring located at the bottom of the bowl and connects it to the toilet’s flange. For breaking the seal, straddle the toilet and gently rock it side to side to loosen and eventually to break it. Carefully lift the bowl and put it on the side.
5: Next we have to remove the old wax ring. This is where things get a bit messy. You can cover your mouth and nose before the drainage pipe smell burns it. Simply scrape the old wax ring from the toilet flange and bottom of the toilet using the putty knife. Use a stiff wire brush to clean the flange and horn.
6: Finally use a rage and stuff it in the drain hole to prevent sewer gas or creepy insects seeping in your home.
That’s all you need to know about removing a toilet. You can check out our guide to replacing an old toilet with a new one HERE.