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Having a modern toilet in your home can significantly impact your comfort and convenience. If you are a resident of Australia looking to learn how to install a toilet, this comprehensive guide will provide the essential information you need.
Before embarking on your toilet installation journey, equip yourself with these essential tools:
New toilet (comprising of the toilet bowl and the toilet tank)
New toilet bolts
Toilet tank bolts
Remember to ensure that your local regulations permit you to undertake such installations. In certain Australian territories, such tasks are reserved for licensed plumbers.
The first step in your toilet replacement process is to dismantle your existing toilet. Follow these steps:
Shut down the water supply: Locate the water supply valve behind your existing toilet and turn it off.
Empty the toilet: Flush the toilet to expel the water from the tank and the toilet bowl. If there's any residual water, use a sponge or plunger to remove it.
Detaching the water supply line: Using an adjustable wrench, disconnect the water supply line from the toilet tank.
Removing the toilet tank: Loosen the toilet tank bolts using your wrench, then lift the tank off the bowl.
Unfasten the bowl: Using the wrench again, unscrew the toilet floor bolts that secure the bowl to the floor, and then lift it.
Cleaning the flange: Clean the toilet flange – the ring that connects the toilet to the floor. If damaged, it might need replacement.
Now comes the part where you install a toilet, the new toilet suite, into your existing space.
Place the wax ring: Position the new wax ring on the toilet flange. This forms a seal preventing the escape of sewer gas from the waste pipe.
Position the bowl: Lower the new toilet bowl over the flange, aligning the bolt holes with the new toilet bolts. Apply even pressure to seal the wax ring.
Securing the bowl: Fasten the nuts onto the new toilet bolts to hold the toilet bowl in place. Be careful not to overtighten as it might crack the toilet base.
Installing the toilet tank: Align the toilet tank with the bowl, positioning the tank bolts through the mounting holes. Tighten the nuts to secure it.
Reconnect the water supply: Wrap the fill valve threads with Teflon tape before reattaching the water supply line.
Turn on the water supply: Open the water supply valve slowly to fill the water tank. Be on the lookout for any potential leaks.
Test the new toilet: Give it a flush to ensure the toilet flush valve is working correctly and there are no leaks.
Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to install a toilet in Australia. Regularly check the functionality of your toilet, and if you encounter a malfunctioning toilet, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional plumber. Whether it's replacing a toilet or simple maintenance, professional expertise can offer you peace of mind. So, while doing it yourself can be cost-effective, make sure you don't compromise your plumbing system's efficiency, safety and warranty.