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How to Replace a Toilet

Replacing an old toilet with a new one is a simple task. The job does not require a professional plumber, just a little time, some patience, and a few helpful steps.

Learn the Toilet Anatomy

Before you begin with the replacement, learn the basic toilet anatomy. The instructions with your new toilet should display all the parts of the toilet, labeling them and displaying their names and location.

Lay Out Old Towels

Before you remove the old toilet, have a place ready to sit it. Use old towels, newspapers or rags to sit the old toilet on.

Drain Water

Shut off the water supply to the toilet and flush the toilet several times. The flushing is done to remove the water inside the tank and bowl. Scoop out any remaining water in the bowl.

Disconnect the Toilet

Unscrew the nuts on either side of the toilet base and remove them. Loosen the seal around the base of the toilet from the floor with a razor knife. Lift the old toilet straight up and set it aside on the old towels.

Position the New Bowl

If the old wax ring did not lift away with the old toilet, remove it and clean the area for the new toilet. Position the new wax ring on the outlet of the new toilet. Make sure the toilet flange is tight and shows no signs of corrosion. Apply caulk to the very bottom base of the toilet and position it in place. Make sure the drain pipe is cleared before setting the toilet in place. Add pressure to ensure the toilet is secured to the floor.

Fasten to the Floor

Tighten the washers and nuts onto the toilet bolts. Be sure not to tighten too much, this can cause a porcelain toilet to crack. Make sure the toilet is level. If it is not level, plastic shims can be used to stabilize and level the toilet. Fill the cap covers with plumbers putty and replace them over the bolts.

Attach the New Tank

Set the new tank in place and attach it with the included nuts and bolts. Make sure the tank sits level on the toilet. Position the lid in place and connect the toilet. Make sure the compression nut is tightened on the connection. Apply caulk around the base of the toilet to seal it to the floor. Use a wet finger to smooth out the bead of caulk for a clean and professional look.

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Renovate Your Small Bathroom

If you purchased your dream home, but the bathroom is not so dreamy, renovate it. Many renovations can be done without removing any plumbing work, and others require only a minimal amount of pipe re-routing.

You can save money on your remodel by doing a large portion of the work on your own, and that savings adds to the equity the renovation creates for your home. The renovation process includes:

  • Assessing your current situation
  • Determining available space for renovation
  • Planning a design that works
  • Ensuring function and design are what you want
  • Deciding what you can do yourself, and what jobs need an expert
  • Obtaining permits
  • Décor and design

Assessing your current situation involves looking at the space closely and determining what you are not getting out of the space that you need. Sometimes the space can be utilized as is, with minor improvements to get everything you need from the space.

Determining the available space for renovation includes surrounding walls, closets, and even nearby bedrooms. Foundation walls cannot be removed, but any other wall can to get you the space you need.

Once you know what space is available, or if you are using an existing space, you can begin working on a design plan. The design should offer the function and design that you want and need.

You then need to determine what work you will do on your own, and what work you will hire someone to do. Removing pipes and re-routing piping systems can be a tough job for someone without experience. Often times, you save money to hire a professional to do the work you have no experience with.

Either you or the contractor you hire will be responsible for pulling the proper permits for the job. If there is electrical work, structural changes, or plumbing changes involved, permits for each portion of the job may be required.

The décor and design are easily done by yourself, or with the help of a professional. The color on the wall, the flooring, tile, fixtures, and any other items in the bathroom should offer the function you need, as well as the look you want. You can hire a designer to come in and help you determine how to get the best use of the space you created, but that is really more beneficial before construction begins. A professional designer has an eye for design that you may not, and can often suggest small changes within a contractors design to help get more use from the space.

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The Importance of Safe Water Temperatures

The temperature of your water is not just a comfort issue; it is a safety concern as well. A temperature control valve should be installed to ensure your water never reaches temperatures that are scalding. If you are not sure you have a control valve on your water system, contact a professional plumber.

Kitchen

Many people like having hot water that is close to scalding in their kitchen, but it is not safe. If you are able to brew tea, make instant oatmeal, or sterilize a bottle with the water from your kitchen faucet, your temperature is set too high.

The water in your dish washer will still heat up to the temperature needed to ensure clean and sparkling dishes, but you have to adjust your temperature so that the water is not dangerous.

Bathroom

The bathroom plays the largest risk in the role of your water temperature. The bathtub faucet creates the most concern, as with higher temperatures, the risk for scalds and burns increases. Small children who like to grab knobs and turn them can quickly end up with extreme burns if the temperature is not controlled properly.

Many of the burns are a result of other appliances in the home simultaneously using the water with the shower. The person in the shower could end up with a serious burn if someone flushes the toilet, uses the sink, or if the washing machine kicks in the rinse cycle.

These reasons create a serious need for a water temperature control valve to be installed and properly set to a safe maximum temperature.

There is a balance between comfort and safety; you just need to find yours. There is never a reason for scalding hot water to come out of any of your faucets, for safety reasons as well as energy conservation.

The reduced temperatures reduce the amount of energy that is needed to create and produce hot water in your home. Turning the temperature down on your water can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your utility bills. If safety is not enough to get you to make the change, maybe saving some money will be enough.

Any professional and licensed plumber is capable of installing and setting a temperature control valve. Contact a plumber today to ask about what they can do to help ensure the safety of the people in your home. Homes with older occupants often require a much lower setting to ensure they are not burned while bathing or using the sink.

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Many of the homes built in the United States use copper piping to provide water. Houses that were built in the 1950’s often used copper instead of the traditional iron piping that water supplies used before that time. Iron is not as adaptable since it requires special equipment and a fairly good knowledge of how to manipulate it. One benefit of the change to copper is that it stays in good condition for a long time, unlike iron, which deteriorates quickly.

Types of Copper Piping

Two names are mostly used when talking about copper piping: soft and hard. Soft copper piping is the type that is usually used when repairs are being performed since it bends well and can adjust to fixtures. Hard copper piping is used for construction projects where you are building new fixtures and easy access to the wall.

Guidelines for Thickness

Copper piping comes in a variety of sizes, from ¼” to 2″. Most houses use the following copper piping:

  • Showers and tubs: ½”
  • Kitchen and bathroom sinks : 3/8″
  • Toilet and icemakers: ¼”

Color Codes of Copper Piping

In addition to soft and hard copper, there are three main types of copper piping that are used for different purposes. When you buy the copper, it is marked on the package in such a way as to identify it according to its function. The following types are those you mainly see:

  • Type M: This is what is sold most frequently. Red lettering designates this type. The copper is thin and easily adaptable. Residential construction largely uses Type M.
  • Type K: This type is the thickest copper sold. The orange lettering makes it stand out since it’s usually for underground water supplies. If it seems our of your realm, you may want to talk to a professional.
  • Type L: This type is not as thick as Type K, but it is thicker than Type M. Some states do require buildings to use this type, but not all. If a pipe is exposed, this type may be preferable since it is more prone to damage or being hit.

When it comes to plumbing, you’ll want to know the basics of what you’re working with so as to make every project a smooth success with no hassles. By knowing what copper piping is and the kinds out there, you can make sure you make a smart purchase.

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When you flush your toilet, does it swirl down slower than it used to? Does it seem like you stand around for minutes worrying that your toilet is broken? If so, you may be able to correct the problem yourself. Most who experience these problems will buy several products that promise to work. If you find that your toilet still flushes slowly, consider cleaning out the rinse holes for free using a mirror and coat hanger. Rather than spending money going to a plumber who can charge over $100 for a routine visit, try out this creative tip that has helped out others.

Factors that Contribute to Clogged Rinse Holes

One example of a situation that often leads to clogged rinse holes is a toilet that is used by a large number of people, especially children. Children tend to use the toilet more haphazardly. The more people that use it in general, the dirtier the toilet may get.

Another major factor is if you have hard water. Hard water contains large traces of minerals that can become encrusted into each other, forming a yucky substance in the rinse holes.

Get Your Materials Together

Many people who experience toilet problems purchase expensive liquids that promise to clean out your toilet within minutes. Often, the products recommend that consumers buy two bottles for particularly clogged toilets. Unfortunately, these liquids may not clean out the rinse holes that can get clogged.

Identify Blocked Rinse Holes

Grab a mirror that is a larger than a compact-sized one. The mirror needs to be big enough so that you can see the reflection of the rinse holes, but small enough so that you can maneuver it. Lift up the toilet seat and place the mirror so as to see the reflection of the rinse holes. The holes are located on the inside of the bowl, at the top. The holes will be on the opposite side of the tank; in other words, they’re on the part of the bowl closer to you. Look to see if the holes seem clogged. A blackish gook may be present. Use the coat hanger with one hand while holding the mirror with the other. Using the tip of the hanger, clean out the rinse holes. Flush several times afterwards, and keep cleaning out the goo. Repeat this procedure as many times as needed. Now you can feel proud that you took care of a task with your own plumbing and do-it-yourself skills.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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