Blocked Drain Tips And Tips
It really doesn’t sound like one of those jobs you really want to do. Sounds even sort of, yucky, doesn’t it. Installing a toilet doesn’t have to be an unpleasant job, nor is it a dirty job. The messy part was in removing a previous toilet if there was one, and even that isn’t too bad. As long as you plan ahead and maybe consult a professional plumber. This article however deals with the installation of the toilet rather than the removal. That would be another article entirely.
Prepare Your Surface
Before installing a toilet you must make sure you have a sturdy level surface. The reasons for this are:
*To insure the toilet is steady and does not rock either sideways nor forward or backward.
*To insure a good seal between the toilet and the drain is maintained.
Should your floor surface be uneven even slightly can be the cause of growing problems, the least of which is discomfort. The worst, being severe leaks, occasionally of some very messy stuff. So the first step id to level the floor if it isn’t.
Assemble The Unit
Assuming you purchased a toilet that is disassembled from the tank. If this is not the case then you can skip this step and move on. Install the flush mechanism, and secure with the hardware provided. Be sure the gasket seal between the tank and bowl sections are in place, and watch closely that it does not become dislodged. It might also be a good idea to rub some plumbers lube on the opening and the gaskets to provide a better seal. This was a tip from our friends at http://www.plumber-chatswood.com.au/blocked-drain/. I don’t recommend using petroleum jelly, because it can damage some materials. Attach the bolts that hold the tank to the bowl, and make sure to gently tighten the bolts and nuts. Too much pressure can crack the tank or bowl, or both. I do recommend that you pour water into the tank to test the seal before proceeding.
Mount The Unit To The Floor
Be sure your new wax ring is in place over the edge of the drain opening, and be sure it is centered. Do not apply pressure at this point. Arrange the bolts to the approximate positions to match the holes in the base of the bowl. It is a good idea to have a helper for this next part, but it can be done by one person. You must be cautious and sure to place the toilet straight down upon the wax ring and the bolts. This is where a second person comes in really handy. Once the toilet is seated on the floor twist slightly to insure a good seal between the wax ring is made, and toilet is seated flush with the floor. Attach the washers and nuts to the base of the toilet and floor bolts. Again use caution, as tightening too tight might crack the base. Use gentle pressure, and secure the toilet so that it is stable and secure.
That’s it, you’re done. installing the toilet. If you wish to give your toilet a more finished look, some tub and tile caulk around the base may be used, but it is not necessary. Provided you established a good seal with the wax ring and your gaskets are secure there should not be any leaks.
The Final Steps
The next step is to attach the water supply line and fill the tank. If possible use a flexible water line in this area, as this is usually the weakest link in the system for leaking and the hose can be replaced quickly and inexpensively. It is also a lot easier to fit the incoming plumbing to the tank with a flexible hose. Check for any leaks, and attend to if necessary. I also recommend the use of Teflon tape or Plumbers tape at the connections of the fill line. Last step is to attach the seat
Your toilet can now be used as needed.