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Learning About Septic Services

Welcome to my site. My name is Jorge. The septic company sent a notice to my home recently about pumping out the tank. After living in my home for a few years, it was time to service the septic tank to keep it in good condition for years afterward. I watched in awe as the septic truck cleared the tank and restored the function of the system. I will use this site to discuss the process of servicing the septic tank. I will also talk about repairs commonly performed on the septic components. I hope you will visit often to learn more.


Learning About Septic Services

Replacing a Toilet: What You Need to Know

Rose Austin

When it comes to home plumbing, you may feel like an expert if you've tackled minor issues like fixing a leaky faucet or unclogging a drain. However, when it comes to replacing a toilet, you may feel out of your depth. With the right tools and guidance, you can replace a toilet like a pro. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process step-by-step.

Step One: Remove the Old Toilet

The first step in replacing a toilet is to remove the old one. Start by turning off the water supply to the toilet and flushing it to remove as much water as possible. Use a wrench to disconnect the line that supplies water to the tank. Next, remove the two bolts that secure the toilet to the floor with a wrench. You may need to use a putty knife to scrape old caulk or wax that remains on the floor around the flange. Lift the old toilet off the bolts and set it aside.

Step Two: Install the Wax Ring and Bolts

Before installing the new toilet, you'll need to replace the wax ring and bolts. The wax ring goes between the toilet and the sewer pipe to ensure a watertight fit. Place the new wax ring on the plumbing flange on the floor, making sure it's centered. Then, insert the new bolts into the flange slots and tighten them.

Step Three: Install the New Toilet

Now it's time to install the new toilet. Carefully place the new toilet over the bolts. Press down on the toilet so it compresses the wax ring. This creates a seal so water does not leak from the toilet. Use a level to ensure the toilet is straight. Then, tighten the nuts onto the bolts with a wrench, being careful not to over-tighten and crack the porcelain. Finally, replace the water supply line and turn on the water to fill the tank.

Step Four: Test and Seal

Once you've installed the toilet, it's time to test it for leaks. Flush the toilet several times and check for any water leaking from the base or the tank. If everything looks good, apply a small bead of caulk around the base of the toilet to prevent any water from seeping underneath.

Step Five: Dispose of the Old Toilet

Now that the new toilet is in place, you'll need to dispose of the old one. You can arrange for your local waste management company to pick it up or take it to your local landfill. Just make sure to follow any local guidelines for disposal.

For more information, contact a company like Walters Environmental Services.