Tips For Installing A New Toilet In Your Master Bathroom

If the toilet in your home's master bathroom is probably older than you are, then it is due for a replacement. By replacing the old toilet with a new one you will save water and will have fewer problems with clogging. However, if you have never replaced a toilet before, then there are some tips that will make the process go more smoothly, including:

Tip: Consider Purchasing a Double Flush Toilet Model

When you are shopping for your master bathroom's new toilet at the home improvement center, consider purchasing one that has a double flushing mechanism. This style of toilet has two flushing options, one for times when there is only urine in the toilet's bowl and one for when you have a bowel movement. This type of toilet is ideal for homes that use septic tanks because it uses less water for the majority of flushes.

Tip: Rock the Old Toilet from Side-to-Side if It is Stuck to the Ground

When you are ready to remove your master bathroom's old toilet, remove the bolts that hold it to the floor. If there is old caulking around the base of the toilet, then you need to cut it free using a utility knife. When you lift out the old toilet, rock it from side-to-side if it happens to be stuck to the old wax ring on the drain.

Tip: Always Install a New Wax Ring When You Replace a Toilet

Once you have removed the old toilet, then you need to use a putty knife and scrape off its old wax ring. The wax ring is what keeps the base of your toilet from leaking, and you must replace it before you install your new toilet. When the old wax ring comes off of the drain, place it into a plastic bag and dispose of it in your household trash. Place a brand new wax ring over the drain.

Tip: Don't Over-Tighten the Bolts Holding Your New Toilet in Place

When you put the new toilet in place, then you need to attach it to the floor using the bolts you removed from the old toilet. As you are doing so, be careful not to over-tighten the bolts against the new toilet's base. Over-tightening the bolts can cause the toilet to crack. If it cracks, then you will need to buy a different toilet to install. Finally, when you install the toilet seat on your master bathroom's new toilet, make sure that you do not over-tighten its screws either or it can also cause the toilet to crack. 

For more information, contact a business like Ken Rentmeister Plumbing.