So, your toilet is on the fritz and needs to be replaced. You might wonder: how hard can it be? What tools are needed? What precautions must be taken? We’re here to tell you that replacing a toilet is not as difficult as it might seem – but you must know a few things before you get started.

Get Rid of Water before Removing the Toilet

If you plan on replacing your toilet, it’s important to get rid of as much water as possible before attempting to remove the old one. It helps reduce the water that splashes out when you disconnect the supply line and lift the toilet off its base. Flush the toilet and turn off the water at the shut-off valve. Use a sponge or a pump to remove any remaining water from the bowl. With the bowl empty, you can remove the toilet more easily and with less mess.

Protect Your Back

Any time you lift a heavy object, it’s important to protect your back. But this is especially true when replacing a toilet. The last thing you want is to strain your back when installing a new one. So, always use proper lifting techniques. When picking up the old toilet, bend at the knees and keep your back straight. Use your leg muscles to lift the toilet. As for the new toilet, it’s best to ask for help from a friend or family member. Even if it’s not that heavy, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t Move the Toilet with the Tank Cover On

Should you remove the tank cover before moving the toilet? The answer is no – leave the tank cover on. If you take the cover off, you risk damaging the bolts that hold the tank in place. Plus, it’s just extra weight to carry. So, when replacing a toilet, don’t forget to leave the tank cover on. It might seem like a small issue, but it can save you a lot of headaches (and potential leaks) down the road.

Do Not Overtighten the Nuts on the Toilet Bolts

While replacing a toilet, it’s important not to over-tighten the nuts on the toilet bolts. It’s essential to ensure the bolts are tight enough to keep the toilet securely in place, but over-tightening can damage the porcelain and cause leaks. Instead, tighten the bolts until they’re snug, and give them an extra quarter turn. This will ensure your toilet is securely attached without putting unnecessary stress on the porcelain. If you ever have any doubts, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and give the bolts a little less than a full turn. Better safe than sorry.

Call a Professional

Replacing a toilet is not a simple task for most people – there’s a lot that can go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, it’s always best to call a professional when you need to replace your toilet. The skilled plumbing professionals at Kellermeier Plumbing will ensure your toilet replacement is done correctly and safely. They can advise on which toilet type and style would best suit your needs. So, before shopping for a new toilet, give Kellermeier Plumbing a call at 616-866-5134 – it could save you a few headaches down the road.

Replacing a toilet should be relatively easy if you follow the tips above. However, it is always best to contact a skilled professional if you are still confused or uncertain. At Kellermeier Plumbing, our experienced plumbers are always happy to help. We will walk you through the process step-by-step and ensure that your new toilet is installed correctly and safely. Contact us soonest to schedule a consultation.