As a homeowner who enjoys doing improvement projects around your home, installing a new toilet will be on your to-do list in no time. While many people opt to hire a plumber to do this for you, many DIY-savvy people can usually handle it themselves. But, there is one common situation that happens often when a homeowner installs a new toilet for the first time: too much goop is used and the toilet gets glued to the bathroom floor. Plumber's goop is a very strong polypropylene/solvent adhesive that sets fast and sticks to almost anything. If you have glued your toilet to the bathroom floor, don't worry about it. It can be fixed easily by following these steps:
Items You'll Need For This Task
- Solvent of your choice (See Step 1 below.)
- Soft cloth
- Medium to coarse brush
- Paint scraper
1. Decide which solvent to use.
The makers of Amazing GOOP Plumbing, Eclectic Products Inc., state that the 3 best solvents that you can use to dissolve goop are acetone, naphtha, and toluene. Acetone is easy to find at any hardware and home improvement store. You can even find it in nail polish remover, which you may already have in your cabinet. Naphtha is the primary component of lighter fluids used in wick-type cigarette lighters. Toluene is the most powerful of the 3 solvents and works best on goop that is fully cured. Plumber's goop is considered to be fully cured after it has been in place for 24 – 72 hours. You can purchase toluene from home improvement stores, some paint shops, and online retailers.
2. Test a small area.
Pick an inconspicuous area at the back of your toilet for this test. This is because some solvents can dissolve different types of paints and coatings, and you don't want to ruin your bathroom floor. Pour enough solvent onto a clean and soft cloth to soak it, and then wipe the cloth onto the goop. Let the solvent sit for at least 5 minutes on the goop. When the 5 minutes is up, take a scraper and try to remove the goop.
If the test worked, you can proceed to the next step.
If the plumber's goop doesn't dissolve or the solvent ruins your floor, you have 3 options:
1. Try a different solvent and test it again.
2. Call your local licensed plumber to do this task for you.
3. Leave it alone, and over the course of a few years the goop will break down and your toilet will no longer be stuck to your bathroom floor.
3. Pour the solvent around the entire base of the toilet.
You will want to use a cloth or brush to make sure the solvent gets into every nook and cranny around the toilet, especially where there may be a gap between the bathroom floor and the dried plumber's goop.
4. Let the solvent do it's magic.
Now you wait for at least 5 minutes for the solvent to penetrate the goop. If the layer of goop is thick, wait 10 or more minutes.
5. Scrape off the loose goop.
Use your scraper to scrape the plumber's goop off of the floor and toilet. You may have to use some muscle to get it off, especially in areas that are thick or where the solvent wasn't applied as liberally.
6. Repeat the process if needed.
You may have some stubborn goop that just won't come up. If this is the case, then simply repeat the process until the unwanted goop is all gone.
If you followed these steps and you still can't dissolve all the goop to release the toilet from your bathroom floor, or you prefer to use your time for something else, then call your local licensed plumber, such as those at Abbey Plumbing & Heating Co. He or she will be happy to help you.