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How to Remove a Toilet and Replace It With a New One

You’ve just realized that your old, gross toilet needs a replacement. But you have no idea how to remove it!

Removing a toilet may appear to be a difficult job, but it is pretty simple. If you’re unsure where to start or afraid of making a mistake, don’t worry – we’re here to help.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to remove a toilet and replace it with a new one. We’ll show you everything from disconnecting the water supply to installing the new toilet seat. By following our easy instructions, you’ll be able to replace your old toilet in no time.

Things That You Need to Remove Your Toilet

Before you get started, there are a few things you’ll need. These include the following:

  • Wrench
  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Knife
  • Putty Knife
  • Toilet Shims
  • Wax Ring
  • Toilet Seat and Hardware

9 Easy Steps on How to Remove and Replace a Toilet

Now that you have everything you need let’s start removing your old toilet.

Step #1: Disconnect the Water Supply

first step to remove a toilet is disconnecting the water supply

The first step is to disconnect the water supply. You can do this by turning off the valve behind the toilet. Once you turn off the valve, you can then disconnect the water supply line from the toilet. This will also assist you in removing the water efficiently from your toilet without having to worry about flooding or messes.

Step #2: Drain the Toilet

Draining the water in your toilet

There are a few ways to do this. You can either use a bucket to pour the water into or use a wet/dry shop vacuum. You can also use a sponge to soak up the water. Whichever method you choose, make sure you have a place to dispose of the water safely.

Step #3: Remove the Toilet Nuts

Unscrew the nuts.

Once you drain the water, you can now remove the toilet nuts. These are located at the toilet’s base and can remove it with a wrench. Once you remove the nuts, you can pull the toilet straight up and out of the floor.

Step #4: Remove the Toilet Seat

After unscrewing the nuts you can now remove your toilet seat

If you want to replace the toilet seat, now is the time to do it. You can remove it by using a screwdriver or a wrench. Just make sure that you have the right size tool to avoid damaging the seat.

Step #5: Remove the Wax Ring

An old or damaged wax ring will be replaced.

The wax ring is located between the toilet and the floor. It helps to create a seal and prevents leaks. To remove it, use a putty knife or pliers. It might crumble and fall apart if the wax is old or brittle. If this happens, you’ll need to replace it with a new wax ring.

Step #6: Inspect the Toilet Flange

Don't forget to inspect the flange

Once you remove the wax ring, you’ll be able to see the toilet flange. This is the part of the plumbing that connects the toilet to the sewer line. If the flange is damaged or broken, you’ll need to replace it before you can install the new toilet. If the flange is still in good condition, there’s no need to replace it.

Step #7: Install the New Wax Ring

After you remove the old wax, set up the new wax ring.

Now that the old wax ring is removed, it’s time to install the new one. Just place the new wax ring over the flange and press it into place. Make sure that it’s centered and seated properly.

Step #8: Set the New Toilet in Place

Adjust the toilet sitting by installing a shim and that will be the last part in replacing your toilet.

Now you can set the new toilet in place. Align it with the toilet flange and then press it down until it’s seated. Be sure to have someone help you hold it in place while you’re doing this.

Step #9: Install the Toilet Shim

If the toilet is not at a proper sitting level, you’ll need to install a toilet shim. This will help to adjust the height and make it level. You can purchase toilet shims at any hardware store.

You should place the shim correctly, or your new toilet could wobble or even move. It will also aid you in installing comfortable toilet height that is accessible for people of all sizes.

If the comfort height is achieved, and the shim is in the right place, you can now tighten the toilet nuts. Be careful not to over-tighten the nuts, as it can crack the porcelain. Once you have tightened them, reattach the water supply line and turn on the valve behind the toilet.

And that’s it! You’ve now replaced your old toilet with a new one. If you follow these instructions, the process should be relatively straightforward.


Replacing a toilet can be a daunting task, but with these easy instructions, you’ll be able to do it yourself. Just make sure that you have all the necessary tools and that you’re aware of the steps involved.

However, if you find it difficult to remove the toilet by yourself, don’t hesitate to call a professional. They will be able to help you remove it quickly and easily, without any mess or damage.

If you live in the Lower Mainland of Canada and need toilet repair or installation, give us a call. With our skilled staff at Your Guy Plumbing, we can take care of any issues you might have with your toilet. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!

John Relampago

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