Updating the toilets in your home can not only make your bathrooms look nicer, but it can save you money on your utilities too. While it can be tempting to install your new toilets on your own, there are a few things you should consider before you get started. While YouTube how-to videos can make the process seem fairly simple, there’s a lot more work involved than you might have imagined – and a lot of things that can go wrong, too.
When you start removing an old toilet, you’ll quickly see that there’s a lot of inspection needing to happen before you even begin installing a new toilet. Depending on the shape of the floor underneath, you might have to work on the floor first, especially if your old toilet was leaking. Once you have the floor ready for your toilet to install, here are a few other things to keep in mind.
- Toilet Flange. Older flanges are different from new flanges, which can complicate toilet installation. If you’re working with older flanges, there’s a good chance that the bolts on the sides won’t budge. And, if they do, they could actually break, causing you even more of a headache. A total replace of old flanges might need to happen (and is often recommended) before attempting to install your new toilet.
- Toilet Bowl. You’ll want to get the toilet bowl as close to the ground as possible so that you only have to use one seal or gasket. Once you have the toilet bowl positioned, you’ll choose between a sponge rubber (making sure it’s the right thickness) or a wax seal. Knowing which option to choose typically depends on the type of toilet and the type of flooring in your bathroom. Here, the experience of a professional really comes in handy.
- Avoiding Cracks. If you tighten down the bowl too hard in an effort to keep your toilet from feeling too loose, then there’s the possibility that you’ll actually crack your entire toilet bowl.
Allowing a professional to handle toilet installation in your home can help you avoid a lot of stress and frustration. Not to mention, it will save you plenty of time, too. Give our 410 Same Day team a call and we’d be happy to help make sure your new toilet project doesn’t “go down the drain”.