How to fit a toilet
Is it easy to fit a new toilet?
It’s not too difficult to fit a new toilet to an existing soil pipe in your home. However, if you are installing a new toilet into another part of the house, then it’s best to call a qualified plumber to connect the toilet to the main pipe.
This guide demonstrates how to fit a close-coupled toilet, which is the design most widely fitted across houses in the UK. Other designs such as back-to-wall toilets or high-level toilets have different fitting requirements – check the manufacturer’s instructions. On a close-coupled toilet the cistern sits directly on top of the pan, and there are a huge range of styles to choose from.
Before you remove your old toilet, make sure you thoroughly inspect your new one for signs of damage and to check that you have all the parts and fittings. If you want to save water - and save on your water bills - then choose a toilet that has a dual-flush system. These have the options of a long or short flush and are great for cutting down on water use.
If you’re installing a new toilet as part of a new bathroom, always make sure you tile the floor first. It’s easier to fit a toilet on top of tiles rather than having to cut tiles to shape round a toilet.
When fitting a new toilet remember to take appropriate safety measures such as wearing gloves and safety goggles.