How to remove a toilet

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Removing and installing a toilet is a relatively simple task that can be completed by most homeowners with basic DIY skills. However, it is important to follow these steps carefully to avoid any damage or leaks.

What You Will Need

Before you begin, you will need to gather the following tools and supplies:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket
  • Putty knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Utility knife
  • Stiff wire brush
  • New wax ring
  • Bucket of clean water

Removing the Old Toilet

To remove the old toilet, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the water supply. Locate the shutoff valve, which is typically located on the wall behind the toilet. Turn off the valve and flush the toilet to drain the remaining water.
  2. Disconnect the water supply line. Use a wrench to disconnect the water supply line from the shutoff valve.
  3. Remove the toilet bolts. The toilet is typically secured to the floor with two or four bolts. Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the nuts on the bolts.
  4. Carefully rock the toilet back and forth to break the wax seal. The wax seal is a ring of pliable material that helps to seal the connection between the toilet and the drainpipe.
  5. Pull the toilet straight up off the floor. Be careful not to damage the drainpipe or the floor.
  6. Remove the old wax ring. The old wax ring should be removed and replaced with a new one.
  7. Clean the toilet flange. The toilet flange is a metal ring that is attached to the drainpipe. Use a stiff wire brush to remove any dirt or debris from the flange.

Installing the New Toilet

To install the new toilet, follow these steps:

  1. Apply a new wax ring to the toilet flange. Make sure that the wax ring is centered and that it is not bunched up.
  2. Position the new toilet over the flange. Make sure that the toilet is centered and that it is sitting evenly on the flange.
  3. Secure the toilet to the flange. Use the toilet bolts and nuts to secure the toilet to the flange.
  4. Connect the water supply line. Connect the water supply line to the shutoff valve and tighten the nut.
  5. Turn on the water supply. Slowly turn on the water supply and check for leaks.
  6. Adjust the height of the toilet seat. The toilet seat should be level and should not wobble.
  7. Reinstall the toilet lid.


Here are a few tips for removing and installing a toilet:

  • If the old wax ring is stuck to the toilet or the flange, you can use a utility knife to cut it away.
  • If the old toilet is difficult to remove, you can try rocking it back and forth while lifting it off the floor.
  • If you are unsure about any of the steps, it is always a good idea to consult with a plumber.

What to Do If You Have Leaks

If you have any leaks after installing the new toilet, you may need to tighten the nuts on the toilet bolts or replace the wax ring. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, you can call a plumber.

Are toilets easy to remove?

Toilets are not particularly easy to remove for the average untrained person. They are often heavy and awkward to maneuver, and the removal process can involve complex plumbing tasks. However, with the right tools, some knowledge and a bit of patience, it is possible to successfully remove a toilet. Hiring a professional is recommended if you’re not comfortable with the task.

How do you access a concealed toilet cistern?

Accessing a concealed toilet cistern requires careful actions to prevent damage. Typically, there is a panel or flush plate which can be removed from either the front or the top, depending on the design. After the panel removal, the concealed cistern becomes accessible for repairs, maintenance, or any necessary replacements.

How to remove a toilet that has been grouted to the floor?

Removing a toilet that has been grouted to the floor involves a careful process. First, the water supply must be disconnected and the tank drained. Then, a utility knife or grout saw should be gently used to score around the toilet base and gradually break the grout seal without damaging the floor or toilet.

How do you remove a toilet flapper?

To remove a toilet flapper, first turn off the toilet’s water supply and flush to empty the tank. Then, disconnect the lift chain attached to the flapper. Remove the flapper from its position by releasing it from its pegs or hinges. Make sure to proceed with caution to avoid unnecessary damage to the toilet tank components.

How do I remove a toilet seat?

To remove a toilet seat, initiate by locating the bolts that secure it to the toilet base, typically located towards the back. Subsequently, raise the bolt caps to expose the bolts underneath. Using an adjustable wrench, unscrew the bolts to loosen them. Once loose, the toilet seat can be removed easily with a simple upward pull.


Removing and installing a toilet is a relatively simple task that can save you money by avoiding the cost of calling a plumber. By following these steps carefully, you can successfully remove and install your new toilet without any problems.

Most Important Things to Remember

  • Turn off the water supply before you begin
  • Disconnect the water supply line
  • Remove the toilet bolts
  • Carefully rock the toilet back and forth to break the wax seal
  • Pull the toilet straight up off the floor
  • Remove the old wax ring and clean the toilet flange
  • Apply a new wax ring to the toilet flange
  • Position the new toilet over the flange and secure it to the flange
  • Connect the water supply line
  • Turn on the water supply and check for leaks
  • Adjust the height of the toilet seat and reinstall the toilet lid

Wrapping it Up: Trustworthy Toilet Services at Your Fingertips!

Removing a toilet might not be the most glamorous task, but it’s undoubtedly a valuable DIY skill to have. Armed with the step-by-step guide provided, a few tools, and a can-do attitude, you can confidently tackle this plumbing challenge and emerge victorious on the other side!

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