Homeowners often like to take on do-it-yourself projects around the home. Changing out or repairing damaged flooring is one of the more popular projects that homeowners like to tackle. Always remember that all projects have recommended instructions. If you feel like you have the time to add a new tile to the bathroom floor, be sure to read up on what is needed. One of the more complicated areas of the bathroom is the tiling around the toilet. How to cut tile around toilet? There are two ways, remove the toilet and then tile, or tile around the base of the toilet.
let’s take a look below at what is needed to accomplish this task.
What Do I Need
All projects require tools and equipment. To successfully tile around a toilet, you should have the following materials.
- Tile scribe
- Tile nipper
- Tile wet saw
- Pencil and marker pen
- Construction paper or tracing paper
What Should I Do First
If you are looking to have a clean look underneath your toilet, it is recommended that you remove the toilet bowl from the toilet flange. Once this is done, you can get clear access to see how to cut the floor tile and place the tile layout perfectly around the flange. As soon as the tiles are installed you can replace the toilet bowl to the flange and reconnect the plumbing system. Doing this gives you a seamless-looking bathroom floor.
How Will I Tile Without Removing My Toilet
In some cases, it is not possible to remove the toilet bowl from the flange. If this is your situation, have no fear. You can still install tile around the base of your toilet bowl. Tracing around the toilet with construction or tracing paper is key.
- Place your tracing paper in the void where a full tile piece would be installed.
- Press the paper up against the toilet base so that it creases.
- Once you have a crease, you can draw a line to outline the crease surrounding the toilet.
- Now that your paper is creased and line sections cut out, you can tape the paper to the full tile.
- Begin making the larger cuts with a tile cutter or tile wet saw.
- Then use the tile nippers to cut off the remaining small sections.
- Sand down the sharp edges with an angle grinder so that the tile fits nicely around the toilet bowl.
- Don’t forget to leave extra space for your grout lines.
How Much Does It Cost
The national average cost to retile a bathroom floor ranges from $800 to $4,000. The size of the bathroom floor and the materials required will determine the cost to complete this project.
Other Recommended Maintenance
Now that you know how to tile around a toilet, you will want to keep up the maintenance. It is a good idea to know what can cause a toilet to overflow. This is often due to a clogged drain, blocked vent pipe, or higher float.
Another area is keeping an eye on your bathroom. If it starts to smell like sewage, it could be the shower drain, the Jacuzzi tub, the sink, or the toilet. If there is gurgling noise in the sink and toilet drains and the water smells, there may be a big problem with the sewer system. Contact a professional if you need help.
Lastly, sometimes the bathroom fan stops working and needs to be repaired. You can do this by yourself by following a few steps. Even if you don’t have access to the attic, you can change out the fan. Lastly, you may need help from a certified licensed electrician as you will be dealing with electricity.
When Do I Call A Professional
Anytime you are looking to make a flooring change, it can get complicated. If you do not have the right tools to install ceramic tile on your bathroom floor, you should reach out to a professional. With a project like installing a tile floor around your toilet, you might want to reach out to a general contractor to assist. Also, if you aren’t sure who to hire, reach out to your local home inspection team. Your local home inspection team can inspect the bathroom floor and plumbing of the toilet as well as recommend a reputable professional contractor.
Having a nice seamless floor in your bathroom adds to the aesthetics of your home. It is in your best interest to hire a professional tile contractor to complete this project for you. Most homeowners do not have the tools, time, or patience to measure and cut the tile to fit around or under the toilet bowl. Before completing this project, call on your local home inspection team to determine if more repairs are needed in the bathroom area. Contact Inside and Out Property Inspectors in Jacksonville, FL, and surrounding areas to get your home inspection done today.