A rubber gasket is one of the most essential parts of a toilet. It acts as a sealing device that prevents water of the tank from flowing into the toilet, tank or tub. However, they wear out over time. There may also be the appearance of cracks on the gasket. It can be costly to hire a professional to replace an existing gasket. Instead, you can do the work yourself if you use a systematic approach. You will need to follow a few steps to assist you with the installation of a new rubber gasket without much hassle.
Step 1: Beginning Work
Turn off the water connections to your toilet before beginning work. Generally a separate tap is attached to the back of your commode. Turn it off by using a clockwise movement.
Step 2: Emptying Water
Flush out the water in your toilet tank. The toilet must be left dry. The water pipes must be detached from the toilet. Unscrew the nuts or screws you see. If there is any clogged part, pour some spirit over it so that the mold comes off. Next, use the pliers to remove the water pipe.
Remove the lid, or cover, of the toilet tank. You will find it does not have any water, but make sure even the slightest amount of water is wiped out using absorbing sponge.
Step 3: Removing the Old Gasket
Locate the nuts at the base of the lower part of the tank. Turn them in a counter-clockwise direction with a wrench. Carefully remove the nuts and then loosen and pull off the bolts. The washer in the tank will now come off easily. Now overturn the tank. The gasket is placed at the bottom portion. You can take it out by applying very gentle force. Use a cleaning agent to clear any mold or scum that is formed before proceeding to the actual installation step.
Step 4: Installation
Take the new gasket and place it on the area where the old gasket was. You should be able to stretch it over the ring-like structure because it is made out rubber. Make sure that you do not pull it too tightly because this might lead to cracks. The gasket must fit firmly against the outlet hole of the tank.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Put the tank back on the toilet top and fit in the gasket into the hole going into the back of the toilet bowl. Place the washer and nuts in their respective areas. Make sure that they are tightened properly. Use your hands to tighten them first, and then use the wrench. As an extra precaution, put some sealing tape on the pipes that are the inlets into the toilet tank. Re-attach the supply pipe of the water back in place. Turn the tap on and fill up the entire tank. Flush once to see if there are any places where the water is leaking and fill any gaps.