How Plumbers Do A Toilet Installation
One of the most basic and essential fixture you need to have in your house is the Toilet. Whether you’re building a new house or renovating your toilet and bath area, the toilet should be one of the top priority. Installing a toilet on your own can save you a few to more dollars compared to having a professional do it for you. But sad to say, basing from the strict requirements of the Australian Standards, toilets should always be installed by a licensed professional plumber.
Doing it on your own would expose the risk of mistakes. Not just in the hardware installation procedure but also to the water pipes connected, that is also linked to your drinking water taps. This may cause water contamination that is dangerous to your family’s health.
A toilet is composed of many parts, small ones and big ones. But the basic components to every common standard toilets are the following:
- Cistern * Cistern Cock
- Pan * Pan Collar
- Seat * Service Tube
- Link Piece * Flush Pipe
It is good to know these basic components for further knowledge and for future purposes. This will help you decide the right type, style and design to purchase when installing or replacing a toilet. But always remember to have it installed by a licensed plumber. How is it done? Well, here is one common procedure for toilet installation that we can share for educational purposes and for better understanding of the whole process.
Tools and materials – Toilet, closet bolts, wax ring, toilet connector, stainless steel washers, torpedo level, adjustable wrench and screwdriver.
- Assemble toilet before installing. Prepare the Flange. Check if there are any cracks or damages. Replace flange if damages are too severe to repair.
- Use and position self-adjusting closet bolts. It has a white threadlocker that drives the stud further into the anchor nut. Slip closet bolts in the sides and move down lock washers against the flange.
- Put the wax ring in the flange.
- Have your toilet set and move it over the flange, line it up with the holes to the closet bolts. Once positioned, apply a downward pressure to the toilet towards the floor.
- Place the washers over the bolt and then hand tighten the nuts.
- Check toilet level. Shim stainless steel washers at the bottom if the toilet rocks back and forth or sideways. Tighten the nuts on the closet bolts. Attach bolt caps to conceal bolts.
- Connect and attach supply line. Connectors normally has rubber gaskets to avoid leaks.
- Check fill level. Open supply valve and fill up the tank. Adjust fill valve to meet fill line.
- Have your base caulked. This would help your toilet to have a more polished finish look.
Installing a toilet is not an easy task. Always remember the risks if you decide to do it on your own. But for the best output, you may just have to pass the job to the experts. Contact your local professional and licensed plumbers to do it for you.