Removing the Old Toilet
Unscrew the nuts connecting the toilet bowl to the floor using an adjustable wrench. Carefully lift the toilet bowl and place it on a towel or plastic sheet to prevent any water from damaging your floor.
Preparing the Flange
Inspect the toilet flange for damage, such as cracks or corrosion. If necessary, replace the flange before proceeding. Remove any remnants of the old wax ring and clean the area.
Setting the Wax Ring
Place the new wax ring on the toilet flange, ensuring it’s centered over the hole. The wax ring creates a watertight seal between the toilet and the drainpipe, preventing leaks and sewer gas from entering your bathroom.
Installing the Toilet Bowl
Carefully lower the toilet bowl onto the wax ring, aligning the mounting holes with the T-bolts in the flange. Apply even pressure to compress the wax ring and create a tight seal. Attach the washers and nuts to the T-bolts and tighten them by hand, followed by a wrench. Be cautious not to overtighten, as this may crack the toilet bowl.
Securing the Toilet Tank
Place the tank-to-bowl gasket onto the bottom of the toilet tank, aligning it with the mounting holes. Lower the tank onto the bowl, ensuring the mounting bolts pass through the corresponding holes. Attach the washers and nuts to the mounting bolts, tightening them by hand and then with a wrench. Alternate tightening each side to ensure an even seal.
Attaching the Toilet Seat
Align the toilet seat mounting holes with those on the toilet bowl. Insert the bolts and attach the nuts, tightening them by hand or with a screwdriver, depending on the seat’s design. Ensure the seat is properly aligned and secure.
Connecting the Water Supply
Attach the supply line to the fill valve on the bottom of the toilet tank, tightening it by hand and then with an adjustable wrench. Connect the other end of the supply line to the shut-off valve and tighten it in the same manner.
Wall-mounted Toilet Installation
If you’re installing a wall-mounted toilet, consult the manufacturer’s instructions, as the process differs from a standard floor-mounted toilet. Generally, you’ll need to install a support frame in the wall and connect the concealed tank before mounting the toilet bowl. Due to the complexity and potential structural modifications required, it’s recommended to hire a professional for wall-mounted toilet installations.
Testing and Final Adjustments
Turn on the water supply and let the toilet tank fill. Check for any leaks around the base of the toilet, the supply line, and the tank. Flush the toilet and ensure it’s functioning properly. If necessary, make any final adjustments, such as leveling the toilet or tightening connections.
Toilet Installation Cost
The cost of toilet installation varies based on factors such as the type of toilet, location, and whether you’re hiring a professional or doing it yourself. On average, professional installation costs between $150 and $300, while DIY installation can save you money, with costs ranging from $50 to $200, depending on the tools and materials required.