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Fast Basement Toilet Installation – Installing Toilets The Easy Way

Generally speaking installing a toilet or sink is a simple process. However, that simplicity is due to the way water naturally flows through your home or office pipes. Downward or laterally flowing water does not present an issue. Water that must flow up may cause some significant frustration if the installer does not know what they are doing.

With that in mind here are some simple and easy to use instructions on basement toilet installation. Keep in mind that these instructions take for granted that you have a pre-constructed toilet. If you must assemble the apparatus first then please follow the manufacturer's guide for doing this before beginning.

The first step is to determine whether your pipe work will allow for a simple install. A simple install is a three step process that only requires you to actually attach the toilet to an already existing place. You will need a wax ring, a toilet for installation, and a few screws to hold it in place.

With a simple install, just place the wax ring on the knock-out flange. To gain access to the flange knock it loose with a hammer and pull the center up with a pair of pliers. The wax ring will fit over the flange and once the toilet is positioned over it the weight will press down and create a seal that is water and air tight.

When it is time to position the toilet attach the closet bolts to the flange. Make certain they will fit in the proper way for the toilet. Then place nylon washers onto these screws and work them all the way down to the bottom to help settle the toilet.

The next phase will require you to lift the toilet and place it on the bolts. You may need help with this. It is easy to damage the wax seal if the toilet is place improperly initially.

Once the screws are properly placed and the toilet is positioned it is time to secure the washers on top. Once you have the toilet tightly secured you can cut off the excess bolt with a saw and cap it, or just leave it as is.

If you are doing a simple install this is all that is required.

However, if you do not have your home, office, or utility building properly outfitted for vertical flow, or you have no secondary method of moving water from your basement then you will no doubt have to install an entire bathroom annex.

Your best with basement toilet installation if this is the case is to hire a professional plumber, unless you happen to be one, to build you the appropriate pipe work, and a carpenter to craft your new bathroom. Then you or the aforementioned plumber can follow the easy install method above.

If you are adamant about doing it yourself, you should first determine the way your pipes run and where your sewer line is. If your sewer line is not too far above the level of your basement, or it runs through your basement, then you will only need to tie into it, as well as the water line to add a toilet.

If not, then you will need to use something called a pressure-assisted toilet to push the water up to the level of your sewer line.

Once your lines and bathroom are set properly, then you can do a simple install. Depending on your basement, you may have to crack your concrete floor, or build a platform to hide your toilet's sewer pipe from view.