Looking to remodel your bathroom? You may be thinking about changing the position of your toilet to give the bathroom a new layout. A very common question in this regard is whether you can relocate a toilet at all. This article will tell you everything you need to know about relocating a toilet. 

Can you actually move a toilet?

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Yes, you can actually move a toilet. Even moving a toilet by a few inches without having to make a new hole in the floor is possible. You can use an offset toilet flange to move the toilet by a couple of inches on any side. This will allow you to use the same wastewater line and in turn help to save you a lot of money.

How far can you relocate a toilet?

You can move a toilet as far as you wish to. However, you may need to drill a new hole in the floor and install a new wastewater pipe. This will result in a lot of investment at your end. However, you can also move the toilet to a certain extent without having to change the waste line and stack. If your waste line has a diameter of 3 inches, you can place the toilet within six feet of your stack. The toilet can also be as far as 10 feet from your stack, if the diameter of the waste line is 4 inches.

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What is the cost of moving a toilet?

Moving a toilet is neither easy nor cheap. The plumbing costs depend on a number of factors. If you are looking to change your toilet location, you can expect to spend anywhere between $2500 and $3500 in normal circumstances. In case your renovation project requires you to change the vent line and the water supply, you will need to spend somewhere between $1500 and $2500 extra. If you also need to change the wastewater lines, the entire cost of the project can go up by 40%. You can try our bathroom cost estimator to check the overall cost of the project that you have in mind.

Factors to consider

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Because relocating a toilet is not be an easy affair, there are some key factors that you should consider before deciding to move your toilet.

1. Toilet drainage

The waste pipe of your toilet needs to be connected to the vertical sewer pipe. You will need to maintain enough slope to ensure that the waste flows into the sewer pipe. Getting the slope adjustment right requires expertise and getting professional help is the right thing to do in this regard.

2. Vent pipe

The vent pipe plays a crucial role in maintaining sufficient air pressure in the waste pipe. You will need to align the waste pipe correctly with the vent pipe to ensure smooth functioning of the toilet.

3. Water supply

You will also need to reset the water supply, which is slightly easier than resetting the waste and vent pipes. You need to ensure that the supply pipe is nicely sealed at every joint to avoid leakage.

4. Floor of the toilet

The floor of a toilet plays an important role in determining the cost of your bathroom remodeling project. You may need to break into the floor to do the plumbing. If your toilet is not on the ground floor, the relocation exercise will require you to rebuild the ceiling of the underlying floor along with the toilet flooring.

Changing the layout of your bathroom can be a huge benefit for your daily life by making your bathroom more functional and beautiful. Now that you know the important aspects of this bathroom remodel project, you can make an informed decision about relocating your toilet. 

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Is It Possible to Relocate a Toilet? was last modified: February 16th, 2020 by Billy Guteng
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