How to Install a Toilet: First Time Installation

Learning how to install a toilet in a new location takes a bit of time and planning, especially if the plumbing is not already in place. If you are simply replacing a toilet in an existing bathroom, take a look at the blog post on how to replace a toilet.

In the new location scenario, your first and biggest challenge will be related to getting the rough plumbing installed. Installing rough plumbing, which includes the water supply, drain, and drain vent takes considerable expertise, and is likely best left to a professional plumber. Also, new rough plumbing typically requires a plumbing permit from your local municipality. So you should check that with your local building department.

Once the rough plumbing is complete, learning how to install a toilet takes a bit of planning, but is usually quicker than replacing an existing toilet in an older home. This is because with new rough plumbing, you don’t risk finding things like worn flanges or rusted bolts. Also you won’t need to deal with removing and disposing of the old toilet.

It is important to install the toilet at the correct time during the construction process. Typically this will be one of the last tasks in the overall process, after drywall, finished flooring, interior trim, and paint is complete.

If you do choose to learn how to install a toilet rather than leaving this task to a professional plumber, take time to select and purchase a good toilet, read the instructions that came with it carefully, and review the blog post on replacing a toilet, as the first-time process is very similar to replacement.