How to Remove a Toilet
How to Remove a Toilet in 9 Easy Steps
The toilet removal is one of the very first steps in bathroom remodeling. Loosening and removing old, rusted screws and bolts can be pretty difficult and frustrating job.
In our guide we will tell you what to do and how to do it, to make the toilet removal an easy, breezy job. To begin with, you will need the following tools: adjustable wrench, ratchet wrench, putty knife, old sponge (optional). Let’s begin.
- First things first. Turn of the water supply and ensure the toilet’s tank has been flushed completely.Tip: If there is a water left in a tank use an old sponge to remove the remaining water.
- Using an adjustable wrench, disconnect the supply tube.
- Next, by using a ratchet wrench, remove the nuts from the tank.
- Carefully remove the toilet tank and set it aside.
- Next remove the plastic caps at the base of the toilet and with an adjustable wrench unscrew the nuts.
- Once the nuts have been removed from the base of the toilet, carefully rock the toilet bowl from side to side until the wax seal breaks.
- Carefully lift the toilet base off the floor.
- Remove any wax from the toilet flange in the floor.
- Lastly, plug the drain opening to prevent any sewer gases to escape and fill your house and you are done!
Wax Ring Removal – 4 Steps
If the toilet will be reused after the bathroom remodel has been completed it is wise to clean the wax from the bottom of the toilet’s base. Here are the steps:
- After the toilet base has been lifted off the floor, set it on the side.Tip: When lifting and setting the toilet on a side, some left over water and wax seal may spill, remember to cover your floor.
- Next, remove any wax from the toilet flange in the floor
- Plug the drain opening to prevent any sewer gases to escape and fill your house.
- Lastly, remove the old wax from the bottom of the toilet’s base by scrapping it off with a putty knife.
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