This article is sponsored by John’s Plumbing of Glendale

Dealing with a broken toilet can be stressful. Fortunately, it’s quite simple to remove the old toilet and install a new one on your own. Here’s what you need to know.

Important: Shut off the toilet’s water supply using the valve on the wall near the toilet bowl base. You’ll see a pipe running from this valve to the toilet tank.

Step 1: Flush to drain the toilet tank and bowl. If the tank refills, tighten the water supply valve and try again. Get rid of all standing water; use a plunger in the bowl and a sponge in the tank if necessary.

Toilet flapper

Tip: Remove the tank first to make the toilet easier to carry.

Step 2: Open the bolt caps and remove the nuts from the bolts at the base of the bowl. Disconnect the water supply pipe from the tank.

Step 3: Gently rock the toilet base away from the flange at the drain opening. Remove the old wax seal, clean the flange and inspect; replace the flange if cracks are evident.

Caution: After removing the toilet, securely plug the drain opening with a large rag to block sewer gas.

Step 4: Insert the new toilet’s base bolts into the flange. Remove your drain plug rag and install a new wax seal.

Step 5: Align the new toilet bowl base with the wax seal and flange bolts for a snug fit. Install the tank seal and tank, then install the seat. Tighten all hardware so the toilet is stable and secure at all points.

Step 6: Connect the water supply pipe to the tank, open the supply valve, let the tank fill and perform a test flush.

Replace a toilet

If your newly installed toilet doesn’t flush properly, call in a professional plumber to assess the situation and get your bathroom back in working order.

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