Install a Toilet like a Pro

  • Toilet-Repair


In renovating an old bathroom or building a new one, toilet installation is one of the things that should be done with 100% precision. A small negligence could lead to a huge inconvenience and costly repair. If you know you’re not skilled enough for this task, it would be best to call for professional plumbing services. Below are guidelines and precautions for putting up, roughing in and laying down. Also included are procedures for correctly connecting the supply systems and drain waste venting. 

Installing Your Toilet

A stub out for cold water with a shut-off valve is required. Also, you need a flexible tube for the valve above. If you’ve never installed a toilet before, I must warn you that this is probably the most complicated fixture to set up for it needs its own vent that measures 2 inches and a drain with a minimum diameter of 3 inches. Remember that if the toilet is located on a separate drain, you cannot upstream from the shower or sink. Note that the minimum distance recommended from a wall to the middle of a toilet bowl is 15 inches and 12 inches from a bathtub to the bowl’s center. Clearance between a fixture or wall and the front of the bowl should be at least 21 inches. If you’re not familiar with the materials, I suggest that you call professional plumbing services Brisbane instead. 

Step 1 – Clean or Replace the Toilet Flange

You will have to rough in the floor flange and the closet bend. If you are going to replace a toilet, you should start by scraping the old wax. I use a putty knife when doing this and it does the job. Loosen the old bolt on the floor flange and scuff it clean in order to avoid having leaks at the foot of the new toilet bowl. Don’t skim on a new floor flange is the old one is splintered or broken.

Replacing an old flange can be a bit challenging. You will have to cut the existing drain pipe situated below the flange and replace the pipe and the flange. It’s not very hard with PVC. Just prepare another 3 or 4 inch pipe, a shorter pipe and a high-quality flange. If you’re dealing with cast iron, you have to prepare a fitting. Cut the cast iron using a sawzall and replace this part with PVC. For toilet flange repair, you may use this material called the spanner flange. This should be placed below the existing flange and locked using the toilet bolt. It’s a cheaper alternative that is also easier to install and works just fine. If you’re unsure of what to do, it would be best to call professional plumbing services Brisbane. 

Step 2 – Set in the Floor Flange

Put the floor flange in place and make sure that its underside is aligned with the finished floor. Based on my experience, it is better to have the finished floor installed so that it flows below the toilet. If it hasn’t been installed yet, you may have to polish the floor with a finishing material. After that, you can start securing the screws that hold help the floor flange grip to the floor. This may sound simple but if you’re skills are limited you may need the help of professional plumbing services Brisbane. 

Step 3 – Prepare the New Wax Gasket and the Bolts

Put some plumber’s putty around the new bolds and slot them in through the floor flange.  Fiddle with the bolts and make sure they are aligned with the middle of the drainpipe. Set the new wax gasket on the flange and secure them with the bolts. 

Step 4 - Set the New Toilet in Place

You may now set the bowl over the flange. Follow the arrangement of the bolts and press it down firmly. When pressing down, make certain that you feel the toilet bowl being pressed on the wax ring. If you can’t feel their contact, it means that the flange is placed too low and the space between the waste outlet and the flange will not be sealed well. Also, it won’t be properly installed if the wax ring is already cold. If this is the case, warm it up to make it pliable once again. If you’re not certain of what to do next, better contact professional plumbing services Brisbane. 

Step 5 - Level and Install the Bowl

Level the bowl and add shims where they are necessary. Also, be in no doubt that the toilet is perfectly parallel with the wall. Proceed by tightening the washers and nuts on the bolts using your hands.

It’s crucial to follow these procedures. Your toilet bowl will come with a set of bolt caps and a set of washers for these bolt caps. First thing you should do is to insert the washers through the bolt caps protruding from the toilet floor, to be followed by the metal washer that is accompanied by bolts and finish with the nut. In some instances, for the cap to fit on, you will have to trim the bolt. Secure the bolt in place before cutting so that it will not move around and cause uneven sides. Tighten it but not too much because it could cause the bowl to crack. Professional plumbing services Brisbane can be approached if you’re hesitant to proceed. 

Step 6 – Position the Tank

If a rubber tank cushion is needed, place it at the back of the bowl and fix the rubber gasket well onto the flush valve opening that can be found at the base of tank. Lift the tank over the toilet bowl, the secure the washers and nuts on top of the mounting bolts. Don’t rush this process. Make sure that the both bolts are tightened well. Squeeze one side a time and go slowly from one bolt to another until they are secured. Make sure one side is not much tighter than the other for it could cause the tank to crack.

Step 7 –Fasten and Seal the Tank

With the help of a wrench, you can tense up the hold-down bolts that can be found at the bottom of the toilet bowl. Once again, check if the bowl is on correct level. Fit the decorative caps on the bolt ends. Use a silicone caulk to wrap up the base of the bowl. Attach the water feed on the tank, and then turn the water on. Now your toilet has been installed. If you realize that installing a toilet is a bit too complicated for you, it would be wise to call professional plumbing services Brisbane.

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