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In this blog post our expert plumber walks you through removing and old close couple system toilet, preparing the space and installing a new toilet system. 

There are many reasons why you may want to remove and install a new toilet in your bathroom. These can range from changing it for aesthetic purposes, your current toilet is leaking or is cracked or you’re moving into a new home and need to upgrade the bathrooms.

Tools and Materials You May Need

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As with any DIY task, you need to be prepared beforehand. Therefore, you must ensure you’ve got the right equipment and materials ready for the job at hand. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to get the task sorted in no time.


  • 4-in-1 Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pipe wrench
  • Caulk gun
  • Box spanner
  • Cordless drill
  • Hacksaw or pipe cutter
  • Hammer
  • Spirit level
  • Locking pliers and/or adjustable pliers
  • Rags/towels/sponges
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket 
  • Wet vacuum
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife and a putty knife
  • Drill


  • Bolts for the seat
  • Wax ring that has a flange
  • Wax ring that doesn’t have a flange
  • Silicone caulk (optional)
  • Penetrating oil
  • Teflon tape

How to Remove Your Toilet

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In your endeavours of installing a new toilet, the first step is to remove the old one. You will need to remove the old one and disconnect it from its pipes and fittings. So, how do you disconnect? In this section, we’ll answer that question.

All things being considered, the time it takes to remove a toilet varies from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition of the toilet parts and fittings. Below are the steps you’ll need to follow to completely remove your old toilet from the floor and sewer pipe. However, if you still feel unsure, you can always consult the professional plumbers, who will be more than happy to help you. 

  • Remove the lid on the cistern

The first step is pretty easy. Simply remove the lid to the cistern and have a good look inside to familiarise yourself with all the parts. Your new cistern will probably come with the internal parts assembled but it's always better to have a working knowledge of how they operate to make it work.

  • Turn off the water supply

Once you’ve turned off the water supply it's a good idea to flush. If the water supply is turned off properly the cistern shouldn't fill up again when you flush.

  • Disconnect the water supply

With a pair of adjustable spanners slacken off the nut. Unscrew it fully and remove the pipe from the cistern block. Use a small towel to catch any excess water that might drop from the pipe.

  • Remove the cistern from the wall

A couple of screws to secure the cistern to the wall. simply unscrew them to remove the unit.

  • Remove the toilet waste pipe (soil pipe)

On a lot of the pipe going out the back on a flexible quick.

  • Prepare the area

Now your old toilet is removed it’s time to give the floor a good clean and remove any debris that's in the way.

How to Fit

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The time frame for fitting a toilet varies from one to four hours, depending on your level of DIY experience. Any installation requires prior preparation and, essentially, working backwards from removing an old.

Below for some easy-to-follow steps. 

  • Installing

Now it’s time to install your new toilet. The procedure is almost the reverse steps of the removal but with a few extra things to bear in mind.

  • Fix the floor

The first thing you’ll want to do, before actually securing the toilet in place, is to get the new toilet bowl into the position you want it to be in.

  • Fit the soil pipe

Before you fix the soil pipe on the back of the toilet it's a good idea to get a silicone gun and run round the inside of the pipe. 

  • Put the cistern back on

Make sure that any seals that supplied are in place to avoid unwanted leaks. 

  • Sort out the water supply

This could potentially be the trickiest part of your installation, depending on the length and positioning of any pipework coming from your new toilet and also the pipes that are already fitted from your old.

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If you need  any help to remove and install your toilet, get in touch with us. Visit Property Contractors 247 and get a free quote today.

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