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Toilet Installation

Is it time for your toilet to be replaced?


If so, there is another decision to make: hire a professional or do-it-yourself. If you want to ensure that your broken toilet is replaced and a new one is installed correctly, then you should hire a professional. Replacing an old toilet may sound like a simple venture, but it’s much more complex than most people think. It is important to hire a professional to install a new toilet because there are a few key components you could miss or not get connected correctly, if you did it on your own.

Toilet Installation Process

Here is what the process of a basic toilet installation looks like, and what Jolly Plumbing can do for you!

  1. Turn off the Water to the Toilet: Step number one is very crucial. Miss this step, and you will have a very big mess! Behind the toilet there is a small valve—either a gate valve or a ¼ turn valve—this is where we will turn off the water.

  2. Flush the Toilet: The next step is to flush the toilet. When a plumber does this, they flush and hold down the handle until water no longer refills the tank and bowl. It’s important that during this step, the water does not continue to refill the toilet, because this would indicate something is wrong with the shutoff valve.

  3. Remove all the Water: This part sounds simple; however, it can be difficult if you don’t have the proper tools. To remove the remainder of the water from the tank and bowl, its best to have a shop vac. With a shop vac, we will be able to remove about 99% of the water from the tank and bowl; however, there will always be a little water that we aren’t able to get out. (A professional will have proper tools for cleanup in case of a spill.)

  4. Disconnect the Supply Tube: The Supply Tube needs to be disconnected from the shutoff valve. This step will create some water spillage, but it is nothing to worry about.

  5. Remove Nuts from the Toilet Bolts: These can be found under the plastic caps located on the top of your toilet.

  6. Remove the Toilet: During this step, it is possible to make a mess, or damage the floor surrounding the toilet. The toilet has a sealant around the base, connecting it to the floor; this needs to be cut. If you’ve hired a professional, this is where you can rest easy that your bathroom floor will not be ruined by installing a new toilet. As a plumbing professional, Jolly Plumbing will have the proper tools and knowledge to remove the toilet.

  7. Installation of New Toilet Bolts: Whether you have a cast iron toilet flange, or a plastic one, it’s important to be careful when it gets removed in order to install the new bolts.

  8. Assemble the New Toilet: The assembly of the new toilet will vary, depending on the type, and brand of toilet you purchased. We will be able to assemble the toilet for you, and take this worry off your hands.

    1. Tighten the Tank: This step is critical because the tank needs to be perfectly perpendicular with the bowl. Everything needs to be level and set on properly.

  9. Dry Fitting onto the Flange: This is a test fitting to make sure that the toilet sits properly on the floor, and not on the flange.

  10. Secure the Toilet to the Flange

    1. Lower the Toilet back onto the Flange

    2. Use the level on the Rim of the Toilet Bowl

  11. Install the Supply Tube: Reinstall the new supply tube.

  12. Carefully Turn the Water Back On: It is important to take this step slow, just in case something isn’t right with the fitting of the toilet.

  13. Finishing Up

    1. Put the Tank lid back on

    2. Fix and adjust the seat

    3. Cut the toilet bolts to correct length

    4. Bead of caulking: A bead of caulking to seal the deal!

Commercial Toilet Installation

For commercial buildings, toilet installation is largely the same process but has multiple toilets and stalls to service. For new construction, commercial toilet installation requires toilet partitions to be installed as well. Choose from metal, plastic, or stainless steel toilet partitions to complete the bathroom in your commercial building, whether it is an office building, a restaurant, a doctor’s office, and the like.


Contact Us

If you need to have a new toilet installed, please don’t hesitate to give Jolly Plumbing a call. We have over 50 years of experience here in the Colorado Springs area. We love serving our local community, and we are always here to help with any of your plumbing and heating needs. Toilet installation is just one of the many services we offer, and we would love the chance to win your business.

Toilet Installation Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my new toilet right after it has been installed?

  • No, to ensure that the toilet is properly sealed, grout is used around the base. This grout can take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours to dry completely. 

How long does it take to install a toilet?

  • Replacing a toilet is a simple and straightforward job, so you should be able to remove the old toilet and install the new one in about two to three hours.


How long will your new toilet last?

  • Most toilets last around 50 years the newer low-flow toilets will last around 30 years

Should I switch to a low-flow toilet installed?

  • Low-flow toilets can be great for both your water bill and the environment. According to the EPA, homeowners could save as much as $110.00 a year on their water bill by switching. Older toilets can use anywhere from 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush verse a low-flow toilet that uses no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. 

Yet, low-flow toilets aren't for everyone. Low-flow toilets work by using more pressure and less water; if the water pressure in your home is not sufficient to handle this type of operation, the flush will not be able to eliminate the waste. If you have any questions about whether a low-flow toilet is right for you, give us a call, and we will be happy to answer any questions. 

Jolly Plumbing is your local plumbing and heating company. We promise to offer you upstanding customer service, experienced workers, and a job done right the first time. We offer affordable plumbing services to both residential and commercial sites, so no matter the size of your job, we can handle it. Contact Jolly Plumbing today at 719-473-8545 for any of your plumbing problems.

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