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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.

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Tips for Successfully Replacing an Old Toilet

by Charlie Clarke

If your bathroom's toilet is older than you are, then it's probably time that you replace it with a newer model. While the idea of replacing a toilet may give you anxiety, the reality is that this is a simple project for anyone with a bit of a DIY spirit. On the day of your toilet replacement project, follow these tips to ensure your success:

1. Gently Rock the Toilet from Side-to-Side if it is Stuck on the Floor Drain

If you have turned off the toilet's water, drained it, and disconnected its water and mounting bolts, but the toilet will not move when you try to take it out, then it has become adhered to the floor. You can remove the toilet by gently rocking it from side-to-side. Moving it around will release it from the floor and then you can lift it off of its mounting bolts. Make sure you do not move the toilet too much because you can damage the mounting bolts that you need to put on the new toilet.

2. Never Reuse a Toilet's Wax Ring

When you pull out your old toilet, you will notice that its drain pipe is covered by a gooey, nasty sealing ring made out of wax. Even though the process of scraping out the old wax ring is something most people would prefer to avoid, it is vital that you replace the old wax ring with a new one. The wax ring is essential to keep the bottom of your toilet from leaking water. Since the old wax ring is not able to completely seal the new toilet's drain without leaking, you simply cannot reuse it.

3. Replace the Old Water Lines to Prevent Leaking

While you can always use the old toilet's water line and connect it to the new toilet, it is always better to replace the line with a new one. A new water line is inexpensive and will ensure that the toilet will not leak from a worn out water line fitting. Before removing the water line to replace it, make sure you turn off the water to your house!

4. Never Over-tighten any Toilet Fittings

Finally, it is vital that you never over tighten the fittings for your toilet's mounting bolts or the toilet seat. If you wrench down too tightly on either area of the toilet it can cause the porcelain to crack. If the toilet's porcelain cracks, then you will need to replace your toilet with another one. Companies like Cleary Plumbing can help with this. 

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