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Here are instructions on how to remove a toilet. How to refit the new toilet is covered on this page- toilet fitting





Old Toilet

This is the old toilet that we will be removing. As you can see the pipes are boxed in and these will probably need removing as it is unlikely that the new toilet will fit in the exact same position.


Isolate the water supply

Firstly isolate the water supply to the toilet by closing the isolating valve. If there is not one then you will have to isolate it elsewhere. Isolating the water supply



empty the cistern Now flush the toilet to empty the cistern and remove the cistern lid.


sponge out remainder There will be some water left in the bottom of the cistern, you can soak this up using a sponge. All the water needs removing from the cistern.


squeze into pan Squeeze the sponge out over the toilet pan or the sink.


Undo nuts

At the back of the toilet pan there are two bolts that secure the cistern to the toilet pan. These need removing and undo in an anti-clockwise direction. If they are tight spray them with penetrating oil and then try again.




remove the nuts Remove the wing nuts from the bolts.


undo water inlet valve

remove the water pipe from the water inlet valve on the cistern and disconnect the overflow pipe (if there is one).

You can now lift off the cistern and remove it completely.


unscrew floor pan

Undo the screws in the base of the toilet pan, there are normally either 2 or 4 screws. Remove the screws and then you can slide the toilet forwards away from the soil pipe. Do this carefully and ensure that you do not damage the pie when removing the toilet pan.