A Thank You To My Father

A Thank You To My Father

How To Remove A Toilet On Your Own

Zoe Gonzalez

If you are tired of the toilet that you currently have in your bathroom, and are ready for a change, the first thing you are going to need to do is remove your old toilet. If you want to save some money on upgrading the toilet in your bathroom, you can easily remove your old toilet quickly all by yourself.


You only need a few supplies to remove an old toilet and install a new one. You'll want to have a couple of wrenches on hand of various sizes, a screwdriver, handsaw, putty knife or utility knife, a new wax ring for the toilet and brass bolts to secure the new toilet in place. You'll also need a bucket, wet vacuum or sponge.

Turn Off The Water

Once you have your supplies, the first thing you need to do is turn off the water supply to your toilet. The water supply to your toilet should be located on the wall behind your toilet. There should be a supply line running to your toilet to a handle in the wall. Turn the handle clockwise until you can't turn it anymore to turn off the water supply.

Empty The Water From The Toilet

Next, flush the toilet. Since the water supply line is turned off, your toilet will not refill with water. This should drain the vast majority of the water from the bowl and from the tank.

In order to get out the rest of the water, you have two options. If you own a wet vacuum, you can use that to remove the rest of the water from the tank and bowl.

If you don't have a wet vacuum, you can manually remove the water. You'll need a large sponge and a bucket to manually remove the water. Just place the sponge in the bowl, let it soak up water, and squeeze it out. It should only take you a couple of minutes to manually remove all the water this way.

Disconnect The Supply Line

Now you need to disconnect the supply line from your toilet. The supply line is the line running from the water shutoff valve to your toilet. Place a bucket under the water supply line to catch any leftover water that may drip out. Then, use a wrench to unscrew the nut holding the supply line in place. Once the nut is loose, you may be able to continue unscrewing it with your hands.

Remove The Nuts Holding The Toilet In Place

Next, you need to remove the nuts holding the toilet in place. The nuts are located at the base of the toilet and are generally hidden by plastic caps. You should be able to pop the plastic caps right off with your hands; if they don't come off easily, wedge a flat head screwdriver under them to pop them off.

If the nuts are in good shape, use a screwdriver and wrench to remove them. If they are corroded, which is often the case, use a handsaw to cut them off.

Remove Caulking

If your toilet is caulked to the floor, you will need to remove the caulking. Caulking is the white or clear substance around the base of your toilet next to the floor. Cut off and remove the caulking using either a utility knife or a putty knife.

If you fail to remove the caulking, some of your flooring may come up when you remove your toilet, so don't forget this step.

Pull Off The Toilet

You should now be able to remove the toilet. Straddle the toilet and place your hands on either side of the toilet bowl under the edge. Make sure you have a good grip. Then, lift with your knees and remove the toilet bowl. Place it on a sheet of plastic to the side.

That is all you have to do to successfully remove an old toilet. Before you install a new toilet in its place, make sure that you check the seal. If it is broken or degraded, you'll want to replace it before installing your new toilet.

For more assistance or information, contact a company like Lewis Plumbing.


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A Thank You To My Father

My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.