How to Move the Toilet Up to Install Flooring Under It

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Installation of new bathroom flooring requires removing the toilet.
Installation of new bathroom flooring requires removing the toilet. (Image: toy toilet image by Wayne Abraham from Fotolia.com)

Installing new bathroom flooring requires removal of the toilet. This will allow you to remove the old flooring and properly reseat the toilet on top the new floor. Before removing the toilet, you will need to disconnect the water supply line, drain all the water and remove two nuts. When reseating a toilet, you will need a new wax ring, which can be purchased from a hardware store.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench set
  • Bucket
  • Towel or sponge

Turn off the water supply. An on/off valve is usually found behind the toilet on the wall.

Flush the toilet and hold down the handle until all the water clears the tank and bowl. This will remove the majority of water from the bowl and tank. Absorb any leftover water with a towel or sponge.

Disconnect the water supply hose from the on/off valve. Place a bucket under the valve, before removing the hose, to avoid spilling any remaining water on the floor.

Remove the nuts located on the bolts found at the base of the toilet. There is one bolt on each side of the toilet.

Remove the toilet by gently rocking the bowl back and forth until it loosens from the wax ring it sits on. Firmly grasp the toilet bowl, lift up and remove it. (Lifting by the tank can cause damage or separation from the bowl.) Gently set the toilet to the side.

Tips & Warnings

  • To avoid any damage from runoff water, put the toilet in the shower or tub after removal.

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