4 Steps To Remove A Toilet

Posted on: 20 February 2015

Do you need to remove a toilet from your bathroom? Are you installing a new toilet? Or are you remodeling your bathroom and need to clear it of all fixtures? Removing a toilet isn't difficult, but you want to make sure that you know what you're doing before you start. If you remove the toilet incorrectly, you could create a major mess to clean up, or you could cause damage that could make installation of the new toilet difficult. Just follow these four steps and you'll have the toilet removed in no time:

Drain the toilet of water. This is a critical step if you want to keep your bathroom clean. First, turn off the incoming water by turning the shutoff valve. The valve is usually located on on a pipe connected to the wall behind the toilet. Once you've turned off the incoming water, you need to drain the bowl and tank. Tank the lid off the tank and then flush the toilet until the tank is empty. You may need to plunge the bowl to get any remaining water to go down the drain.

Disconnect the supply line. Your toilet has a supply line that connects to the incoming water pipe. It's connected with a bolt that you'll need to loosen. Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the bolt, then simply disconnect the line. There could be water sitting in the line, so have a bucket ready to collect that water.

It's possible that your supply line hasn't been disconnected since the day the toilet was installed. If so, the bolt and connection may be corroded and difficult to loosen. If that's the case, you may need to get a penetrating catalyst to cut through the corrosion. You can get a catalyst from any store that sells plumbing supplies.

Remove the tank from the bowl. You'll find bolts on the bottom of the bowl that connect it to the tank. Simply use a wrench to loosen these bolts and then lift the tank off the bowl. Again, the bolts may be corroded, so that penetrating catalyst could come in handy again.

Some toilets may have the tank and bowl be one combined piece. In this case, you may want someone else to help you with this. Lifting a combined bowl and tank is often too big of a task for one person to handle.

Unbolt the bowl from the floor. There will be several bolts that connect your toilet to the floor. Lift the caps off the bolts and use a screwdriver to remove them. Again, use the catalyst to remove any possible corrosion. If you still can't get the screws to turn, you may have to cut the bolts. Try to at least get a few turns of the bolts. That should be just enough to lift the bowl slightly. You can then slide a hacksaw under the bowl to cut the bolts in half. You can get a hacksaw at any hardware store or plumbing supply store. Once your remove the bolts, you can lift the bowl off the floor.

For more information, visit any store that sells plumbing supplies. Experts like those at Beebe Inc can tell you what tools you need and give you tips on how to get the job done..