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Replacing a Faulty Toilet

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Day-to-day life can be busy and hectic. When your home is your castle, the last thing you want is a leaking toilet to turn into more than just a leak. It does not take time for a simple drip to turn into extensive water damage that can lead to mold and other issues. While sometimes a simple repair can fix the problem, replacing an old toilet may be the best choice for peace of mind.

Is It Time to Replace My Toilet?

When small issues only occasionally arise, a toilet repair may be all that is needed. If more signs keep popping up, it is best to not ignore them. Signs for a replacement may include:

  • Clogging is consistent or randomly happens when it should not
  • Visible cracks in the bowl or tank
    Repairs are needed frequently or more than one is needed
  • Toilet was installed prior to 2000
  • Noticeable wobbling or loose fixtures
  • Excessive mineral buildup

Be Prepared Before Replacing

Before starting the process, it is important to be prepared. When buying a new toilet, measurements are everything. The rough-in for your existing toilet needs to be verified before purchasing. While most pipes are 12 inches from the wall, some models are closer or farther. Once you have your new toilet, be sure to have the tools necessary for the replacement.

Replacement Steps

When you are finally ready for installation, the process includes the following steps:

  • Remove old toilet and clean the flange
  • Snugly position and affix closet bolts against the flange
  • Install new wax ring on flange
  • Position new toilet over the flange, aligned with closet bolts
  • Use washer and nuts to secure the toilet
  • Ensure replacement is level and stable before attaching supply line
  • Check fill line is met and caulk if needed

Although a leaking toilet and replacement may be relatively easy fixes, some people do not have the time or know-how to tackle the project. Luckily, there are many trusted professionals that can help including SERVPRO of West Hills & North Washington County. Give us a call at 412-299-5520 for a free assessment!

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