Whether you’re looking to replace an old, broken toilet seat or you’re ready to upgrade to something a bit more attractive or comfortable, there are some basics that you’ll need to know. For example, while most plumbing issues are going to require the services of a professional plumber, especially if you want the job done right, replacing an old toilet seat is something that just about anyone should be able to handle.
Measuring Your Toilet Seat
The first thing you’ll need to do is determine what size replacement seat that you’ll need. There are many standard size seats, but they all vary in their dimensions. You’ll need three measurements in order to get the right fit.
- First: Measure the distance between the bolts that attach the seat to the toilet base
- Next: Measure the width of the seat at its widest point
- Finally: Measure the seat length from the back to the front, make sure to measure all the way to the outside edge.
Finding A Toilet Seat
Once you have the measurements you need, it’s time to head off and find a replacement toilet seat. You’ll find a great selection of seats at your local home improvement store as well as many large discount centers. There are padded seats, wood seats, raised seats, and toilet seats with various prints. Of course, you can also stick with a traditional white or beige seat to match your toilet. Make sure you get the right size, and you’ll be ready to install it.
How To Install The New Toilet Seat
The first step is to remove the old seat. This is fairly simple; close the lid and you should see two small caps that cover where the screws mount the seat to the toilet. Pry open these covers and unscrew the bolts of the old toilet seat. There’s a nut on the underside of the toilet, by the toilet tank, that holds the bolt in place, so if the bolt doesn’t seem to be coming out, you might have to hold the nut to keep it from just spinning. Once the bolts are removed, you should be able to easily lift off the old toilet seat.
Prepping The Toilet For Installation
With the old toilet seat removed, it’s time to prep the toilet for the installation of your replacement seat. Make sure that the rim of the toilet and the two post holes are clean. The new toilet seat should already have hinges attached to it, and these hinges should each have an attached bolt. Simply align the two bolts up with the post holes on your toilet base and gently slide the seat onto the toilet. Once the seat is in place, reach around to the underside and loosely tighten the nuts onto the bolts. Make sure that the seat is centered, then tighten the nuts so they are snug. Cover the bolts with the protective cover and your new replacement toilet seat is ready to go.
Toilet Repair Easton PA
Replacing a toilet seat is definitely an easy job, but if you need to install a new toilet or if you have other plumbing issues, it’s time to call in a professional plumber. Do not attempt to take on a major plumbing repair on your own. Homeowners who have done this have regretted it later. It typically leads to a more expensive repair because the plumber has to come in and repair a problem that is worse than what it was to begin with.
When you need a toilet professionally installed, contact Robinson Plumbing. We can install your new toilet so that it operates perfectly and without any issues. We also offer other plumbing services. For a list of our services, click here. Be sure to contact us if you have any plumbing related questions. Our trusted and certified plumbers will gladly answer your questions.
We service Bath PA 18014, Bethlehem PA 18015, Easton PA 18040, Martins Creek PA 18063, Nazareth PA 18064, Riegelsville PA 18077, Stockertown PA 18083, Tatamy PA 18085, and surrounding areas in the Lehigh Valley.