DIY Steps Toilet Removal

Toilet Removal at Home: Easy Step-by-Step DIY Method

It is a straightforward process to remove your existing toilet. Most do-it-yourselfers can tackle it with ease. You must take certain things into consideration before you start the process of removing your toilet. 

*A couple of things should be kept in mind: toilet made of ceramic is heavy, so do not lift using your back but lift it with your legs to avoid any back injuries.

Also, if possible, have somebody else to assist you with heavy lifting. You will get step by step instructions in this guide on how to remove a toilet.

If you are facing frequent trouble from an old toilet, the best option you would have is to replace it. You can solve many problems by installing a new toilet.

It would also provide you trouble-free service for years to come. It’s also a good time to install a new toilet that would save water. The first step for replacing an old toilet with a new one is removing an old toilet.

This process is extremely simple, and you can easily do it by yourself in a very short span of time.

Below is a step by step guide for removing your existing toilet. It won’t take more than 30 minutes to remove your old toilet. 

Toilet Removal at Home: Complete Guide

Tools Required:

  1. Bucket
  2. Tongue-and-groove pliers
  3. Sponge
  4. Putty knife
  5. Utility knife
  6. Flathead screwdriver
  7. Rubber or latex gloves

Step #1: Shut off the Water

Turn off the shutoff valve located below the toilet tank on the supply pipe. This will shut off the water supply to the toilet. You may also find this valve mounted also on the wall near the latrine.

It might be a good idea to replace this valve as well if it is as old as your toilet.  While removing the toilet, it is easier to replace the valve. In case you want to replace the valve, the water supply of the whole house will have to be shut off.

Step #2: Empty the Toilet

Next, empty any water that may be there in the tank of the toilet and toilet bowl. You can start by emptying the tank by flushing the water from the toilet tank.

To do this, hold down the flush handle till the flushing stops and the water stops draining.

Next, remove any remaining water from the toilet tank and toilet bowl using a bucket and a sponge.

Then, soak the sponge in the water of the toilet bowl and tank and wring it in the bucket.

Do this until all the water is emptied. Use rubber gloves while doing this step.

Step #3: Prepare the Toilet for Pulling

Disconnect from the toilet the water supply tube Next, unscrew the tube’s mounting nut. You can do so by using pliers that have a tongue-and-groove..

This should be done from the tailpiece on the water inlet valve, which is located on the bottom left side of the tank. While doing this, you must be prying them upwards with a screwdriver that has a flathead.

Remove the washers and nuts from the toilet floor bolts using pliers.

If you wish, you can disconnect the bowl from the tank. You can do this by unscrewing and removing the nuts under the toilet tank that fasten the toilet tank to the toilet bowl.

You may have to use a screwdriver to remove the nuts holding the bowl and tank together. After removing the bolts you can pull the toilet tank up and off the toilet bowl to remove it.

Step #4: Cut the Caulk Along the Floor

Next, cut through the caulk or layer around the toilet base. Use a utility knife to do this. Take care that you do not damage the flooring while doing this. Then, shake the toilet from side to side to break its connection with the floor

Step #5: Pull the Toilet

Next, you can pick up the bowl in an upwards direction and off of the floor, fastening bolts to remove the toilet. If you haven’t removed the toilet tank as yet, you might need someone to help you with it for this step.

Take care not to put too much pressure on the tank bolts, as it could crack the delicate porcelain part of the bowl.

Step #6: Clean Up the Floor and Flange

Take off all of the caulk that is old presents on the floor, do this using a putty knife. Take care not to damage the flooring in this process. Also, from around the toilet flange, the wax has to be removed.

Clean all residue remaining from the metal or plastic fitting, which is present at the top of the toilet’s drain pipe (where the toilet’s closet bolts are present). Try your best to scrape away the remaining wax as best as you can.

Consider the fact that the new toilet’s footprint may be different from the old one you have removed. If the base of the new toilet is smaller than the old one, you may see an outline of the old toilet on the floor.

Keep in mind that you clean all the outlines and discoloration so that the outline of the toilet that you had is not visible. The best time to do this is when the old toilet is removed rather than when fixing a new toilet.

The flange is connected to the sewer pipe. The sewer pipe emits an unpleasant gas from sewage present in it. Use a disinfectant solution or a household bleach with water to clean the flange.

It would be advisable to block the flange until the time you decide to fix a new toilet. Clean the flange using a stiff wire brush and stuff the opening of the pipe with an old rag.  Until your ready to install a new toilet, cover it with an inverted bucket.

This is the whole procedure required to be done in order to remove your toilet. Performing all these steps should take no more than thirty minutes of your time. I hope it helped.

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