How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Toilet?
Like all plumbing fixtures, toilets aren't immune to damage. Removing a toilet to replace it or upgrade to a new one is a relatively quick project that professionals can accomplish within a few hours. Unless you're experienced with this kind of work, allow a pro to remove your old toilet, troubleshoot any problems and install a new one. Read on to learn more about the average costs associated with removing a toilet.
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Table of Contents
- Toilet Removal Cost
- Toilet Removal Cost Factors
- Common Toilet Issues That Require Replacement
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- Toilet Parts
- How To Remove A Toilet
- Best Toilets On The Market
- Find A Pro
Toilet Removal Cost
The average cost of removing a toilet ranges from $68 to $148. The cost of this project includes:
- Hauling away and disposing all the debris: $20 to $25
- Basic removal of the toilet: $48 to $123
- Optional hiring of a plumber: Additional $45 to $150 per hour
Toilet Removal Cost Factors
The cost of replacing a toilet increases if there are unexpected installation issues. For example, after removing the old toilet, you may discover leaks or parts that need replacing before you can install the new toilet. In most cases, these factors increase the amount that homeowners spend on both parts and labor, especially if you require a plumber. Common issues include:
- Heavy toilet, which increases disposal costs
- Changing the position or location of the toilet
- Leaks, which may require additional parts
- Wobbly toilet caused by a cracked flange
Common Toilet Issues That Require Replacement
Many homeowners upgrade their commode or replace older models during bathroom renovations. Additionally, several issues may arise, especially with older toilets. Examples include:
- Water Efficiency: Older toilets can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush. Replacing the toilet saves money and water.
- Leaks: Small leaks may go undetected for a while, which can damage the flooring. In many cases, homeowners who discover a leaky toilet find that it's less expensive to simply replace the toilet than try to find and repair the problem.
- Broken Parts: A broken flush mechanism or problems in the trap are typically easier to fix by replacing the toilet.
- Comfort: Having a comfortable seat is important, and larger toilet seats and taller seat heights make it easier to sit and get up.
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
If you have an extensive background in plumbing and home improvement, this could be a DIY job. Otherwise, you're better off hiring a professional plumber to work on the toilet. Plumbers have extensive experience in this type of work. They can quickly deal with any problems, double-check all of the connections and troubleshoot leaks.
Before you consider removing and replacing a toilet, it's helpful to know the common parts. Most homeowners are familiar with the most visible toilet parts, such as the bowl, tank, lid and seat. Other parts include:
- Bowl connector, trap and bolts that attach the toilet bowl to the floor
- Coupling bolts, supply line, cold water supply pipe and shut-off valve that connect the toilet to the water line
- Flush mechanism, which includes the float ball, flush valve, flapper, tank lift wires, tank ball and ballcock
How To Remove A Toilet
Before getting started, gather all the necessary materials and tools. This project typically requires:
- Utility Knife
- Ratchet Wrench
- Putty Knife
- Sponge Or Rags
- Garbage Bag
- Stiff Wire Brush
Step 1: Protect the Floor
Lay newspaper or old rags down on the bathroom floor. This creates a protected area for the old toilet and parts while you work.
Step 2: Turn the Water Off
Start by turning the water off at the water supply line's shutoff valve. Then, flush the toilet and use a sponge or rags to dry any excess water from the bowl and the tank before disconnecting the water supply tube at the toilet tank and shutoff valve.
Step 3: Remove the Tank
To remove the toilet tank, first remove the nuts attached to the mounting bolts that secure the tank to the toilet bowl with a basin or ratchet wrench. Lift the tank and set it aside.
Step 4: Unbolt the Toilet
To remove the toilet from the old wax gasket, run a utility knife between the floor and the toilet's base. Free the toilet from the floor by rocking it from side to side before lifting it up and transferring it to your prepared area.
Remove the Old Wax Ring
Use a putty knife to scrape the old wax ring away from the toilet flange. Discard the material in a garbage bag before cleaning the flange with a stiff wire brush. Place rags in the drain hole to prevent sewer gas from seeping into the bathroom before you install a new toilet. Cover the rag and flange with a bucket placed upside down.
To see the entire process in action, please watch the video below.
Best Toilets On The Market
When it comes to choosing the best toilet on the market, homeowners should consider more than just the toilet's price tag. Expensive toilets don't necessarily out-perform mid-priced models. Overall, homeowners should consider the style, height and desired performance factors to find the best toilet. Top contenders include:
- Toto Drake II
- American Standard Town Square Toilet
- Kohler Santa Rosa
- Niagara Stealth
- Ariel Platinum Aphrodite
Toto Drake II
This commode has a powerful, quiet flush with double cyclone technology. This system uses two nozzles to clean the bowl and rim forcefully with a single flush. This toilet sells for $200 to $400 at local home improvement stores such as Lowe's and The Home Depot or online at Amazon and other websites.
American Standard Town Square Toilet
With the ability to flush as much as 1,000 grams of waste with each flush, this toilet's powerful operation keeps the ring and bowl clean while only using 1.28 gallons of water per flush. This toilet costs between $400 and $500 at stores and websites such as Walmart, Lowe's and Amazon.
Kohler Santa Rosa
This toilet uses single-flush gravity along with a 3:2 ratio flush valve for excellent flushing power. The integrated AquaPiston canister provides a 360-degree flow of water into the bowl to boost the commode's flushing power. This toilet boasts a small footprint and a height of 28.75 inches, which makes it easier to sit down and stand up. It is widely available for $275 to $355 at stores such as Lowe's, The Home Depot, Sam's Club and Amazon.
The Niagara Stealth boasts a 0.8 GPF rating, which can save the average household up to $300 in utilities and up to 40,000 gallons of water every year. It has a hydraulic vacuum flush that's whisper quiet but very powerful. This two-piece toilet sells for around $200 to $300 online and in stores such as The Home Depot, Walmart, Overstock and Amazon. It doesn't come with a seat or a wax ring, so homeowners must purchase these items separately.
Ariel Platinum Aphrodite
This toilet combines eco-friendly, powerful performance and sleek, modern design. With its 1.6 GPF rating, powerful flush, slim profile and quiet-closing lid, this eye-catching toilet is among the most stylish high performers out there. It sells for $500 to $600 from retailers such as Wayfair, Overstock, Amazon, Sears and Walmart.
Find A Pro
Whether you're removing a toilet to fix one that's broken or to update your bathroom with a new fixture, hiring a professional can save you time and hassle. Check out our free lead generator to connect with local plumbers today.
Last updated on Feb 9, 2017
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