How to Replace a Closet Bend

What You'll Need
New closet bend
Pipe wrench
Plumbers tape

Your closet bend is the curved pipe that is usually made of PVC. There will come a time when you need to replace the existing closet bend you have insider your home. This job is simple enough for you to undertake without the help of a plumber.

Step 1 – Purchase the Right Replacement Parts

You need to make sure that you have the right sized replaced closet bend. However, this will mean that you need to remove the existing closet bend you have right now and then bring it to the hardware store in order for you to get the measurements right. This may be the case, but you do not have to worry about being flooded with water. You do not have to turn off the water supply; you only need to make sure that there isn’t any water left in the sink.

Step 2 – Loosen the Old Closet Bend

You should first loosen the nuts from either sides of the closet bend that attaches the pipe to the other pipes in your toilet. Use the largest pair of pliers you have around the house if your pipes are the white plastic type. However, if you have smaller or more fragile ones, you should just stick with your pipe wrench.

Step 3 – Remove the Old Closet Bend

With your protective gloves on and a dish pan directly under the closet bend that you are removing, take out the closet bend. You need to wear gloves because bacteria may be growing inside your old pipes and you most certainly do not want to have them all over bare hands. Place the old closet bend on the dish pan and clean the areas of the pipes that you have loosened the closet bend from.

Step 4 – Install the New Closet Bend

Take the new closet bend and position it between the pipes where the old closet bend was. Make sure that the threads are attached to each other. Once you have a snug fit, wrap the threads with plumber’s tape. This is so that you are sure that your pipes won’t be leaking after you turn the faucet on. Once you’re happy with that, you can start tightening the top and bottom nuts with the use of your hands. Once you’ve reached your physical limit, use a wrench to tighten the nuts even farther.

Step 5 – Test the New Closet Bend

Once you are done with the installation, test the new closet bend by turning the faucet and allowing water to run. You can use a tissue to test if there is any moisture from the pipes that may indicate holes or loose connections. Dab the piece of tissue on the junction points. The next test will have something to do about force and how your pipes will be able to resist such force. Fill the sink halfway with the use of a plug and then let it flow down your pipes all at once.