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1. Turn off the water supply valve located below and to the left of your toilet (if you cannot reach it, shut off the water supply coming into your house).
2. Flush your toilet to drain out as much water as possible.
3. Use a sponge and bucket to remove all remaining water from your tank and bowl.
4. Remove both caps or lids on top of each side of your tank; these caps will be either brass, plastic, or metal.
5a. If there is any water in the bottom of your tank, place towels over the inside edge of the rim before removing the cap so that no water spills out. 5b. Place the bucket under your tank and remove the cap, which should be either a plastic, metal, or porcelain one with a rubber gasket.
6a. If there is no water in your tank, take off both caps and set them aside somewhere where they will not get dirty or wet; this may be on top of the tank or inside an accessible cabinet. 6b. If you did not turn off the water supply valve earlier, shut off the water again now by turning it to this same position (often marked “off”).
7. Pull up on both sides of your toilet to disconnect it from its floor mounts. You may want to have a friend in the room with you for this part, just in case the toilet won’t completely disconnect from it’s mounts.
8a. If your tank is full of water, place the bucket under your tank so that when you pull it up, all of the water can drain into the bucket. 8b. With one hand underneath supporting your bowl and tank together, use your other hand to remove both rubber bumpers connecting your toilet to its mount on either side of your bowl- this might involve pinching or squeezing them together with two sets of pliers or using a long nose plier if they are screwed on too tight for any other tool to grip them properly. 9. Set your toilet bowl (with the tank still attached!) on top of some towels or other covering where it will not be damaged, dirty, etc.
10a. If there is no water in your tank, take off both rubber bumpers before carrying it to another room for storage until you are ready to dispose of it. 10b. Carry your tank and bowl out of the room together to allow yourself enough space to work on them, then place them along with all remaining parts of your old toilet somewhere else where they won’t get dirty or wet – if you don’t already have one set up, this may be outside or in a garage or basement just as long as it is not indoors where you may have just cleaned.
11a. If there is water in your tank, carry both items out of the room together without spilling any water or getting them dirty; place them along with all remaining parts of your old toilet somewhere else where they won’t get dirty or wet – if you don’t already have one set up, this may be outside or in a garage or basement just as long as it is not indoors where you may have just cleaned. 11b. Carry your tank and bowl into another room to allow yourself enough space to work on them, then drain the tank by either tipping it forwards over the sink (if it can remain upright), inverting it and pouring the water into the sink, or using a siphon pump to drain it directly into your toilet (if you have not turned off all of your water supply valves already). 12. If you drained your tank in 11a, set it down on top of some towels or other covering where it will not be damaged, dirty, etc.
13. Disconnect any hoses from both ends of your toilet- one end should be connected to a T-shaped pipe leading from your bathroom wall and the other is attached to a circular waste fitting located at the base of your toilet bowl.
14a. If you disconnected a hose above but can see no circular waste fitting on either side of your toilet, skip to step 15. 14b. If you have a circular fitting on one side of the toilet, use a wrench to loosen it from its pipe and pull it out from underneath the bowl- if it does not come off easily, try pushing/pulling in different directions until you find the best way to work it free; repeat this process for any fittings located on the other side.
15a. If all of your water has been drained into a bucket or elsewhere, tip your tank forwards over onto its front or set it upright and undo either set screw(s) (if present) holding each end of your wooden toilet seat in place; remove both screws and separate both parts of your seat.
15b. Use a wrench to loosen the hex head (star shaped) screws holding your tank directly to your toilet bowl and lift it off from the top of the bowl, being careful not to spill any water from inside it as you do so – if this is too difficult because of how tight they are stuck, try soaking them in some WD-40 for a little while first before reattempting. 16a. If all of your water has been drained into a bucket or elsewhere, tip either side of your toilet bowl forwards over onto its front or set it upright and undo both sets of mounting bolts attaching it to the floor by inserting a flat screwdriver into their center where there is an opening – if they are too difficult to undo, try loosening them with a wrench or drill bit first. 16b. Use a wrench to loosen the hex head (star shaped) screws holding your bowl to your toilet base and lift it off from the top of the base, being careful not to spill any water from inside it as you do so – if this is too difficult because of how tight they are stuck, try soaking them in some WD-40 for a little while first before reattempting. Here you can find more about how our plumbers replace toilets
17a. If all of your water has been drained into a bucket or elsewhere, use wrenches to remove both bolts holding any metal/plastic skid under-ring around the bottom of your tank and remove it.
17b. Use a wrench to loosen the hex head (star-shaped) screws holding the metal or plastic skirt around the bottom of your bowl and lift it off from the floor, being careful not to spill any water from inside it as you do so – if this is too difficult because of how tight they are stuck, try soaking them in some WD-40 for a little while first before reattempting. 18a. If all of your water has been drained into a bucket or elsewhere, use wrenches to remove both bolts attached to each side on top of your tank and set them aside – note that on some older toilets there maybe three on each side rather than just two. 18b. Use a wrench to loosen the hex head (star-shaped) screws holding your tank directly to either side of your toilet bowl and lift it off from the top of the bowl, being careful not to spill any water from inside it as you do so – if this is too difficult because of how tight they are stuck, try soaking them in some WD-40 for a little while first before reattempting.
20a. If all of your water has been drained into a bucket or elsewhere, use wrenches to remove both bolts where one end connects to either side on the bottom of your tank and set them aside – note that on some older toilets there may be three on each side rather than just two. 20b. Use a wrench to loosen the hex head (star-shaped) screws holding your tank directly to either side of your toilet bowl and lift it off from the top of the bowl, being careful not to spill any water from inside it as you do so – if this is too difficult because of how tight they are stuck, try soaking them in some WD-40 for a little while first before reattempting.
21a. If all of your water has been drained into a bucket or elsewhere, use wrenches to disconnect both plastic tubes at their ends connecting either end on the bottom to whatever external plumbing they are attached to, and set them aside – note that on some older toilets there maybe three on each side rather than just two. 21b. Use a wrench to loosen the hex head (star-shaped) screws holding your tank directly to either side of your toilet bowl and lift it off from the top of the bowl, being careful not to spill any water from inside it as you do so – if this is too difficult because of how tight they are stuck, try soaking them in some WD-40 for a little while first before reattempting. Find us on Google maps by visiting Toilet Repair.

The are of the Islamic Center of Brushy Creek (ICBC) had needed our plumbing assistance with toilet repairs

The Islamic Center of Brushy Creek (ICBC) is located at 1950 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613. You can read more about it here https://icbrushycreek.org/.

In the past couple of months, a group of Muslims from different associations have been coming together to form an Islamic Center. They currently rent a space near Brushy Creek in Cedar Park and are trying to buy a new property that would serve as their mosque and school for the local Muslim community. This is something people living nearby surely look forward to. Fatima Goss Graves, president, and CEO of National Women’s Law Center said:

“The more women who work outside of the home, the more often they find themselves needing child care at hours when programs might not be available or affordable.”

All these families have called us when they need a new toilet or to fix a water leak.