When you're trying to create a safe bathroom environment for an elderly or disabled person, something that cannot be overlooked is a toilet seat riser. A common problem that many disabled or elderly people face is the ability to use a normal toilet. Most toilets sit at a height where a person needs to have full bend of the knees and hips in order to sit down. A toilet seat riser lifts the height of the normal toilet seat by several inches, making it easier for someone with joint problems to sit.
A toilet seat riser not only allows a person to ease themselves down on a higher seat, but it also gives someone a sense of independence with a product that is easy to clean. Some toilet seat risers lift the entire toilet. They require more work and more money. The most common toilet seat riser can be bought at most medical supply stores and larger department stores. The following article will explain how to install the most common toilet seat riser on the market.
Step 1 - Remove the Toilet Seat
A toilet seat riser requires a level and tight fit in order to retain its safety and hygienic properties. The original toilet seat is attached by a series of screws. Locate the toilet seat hinges behind the current toilet seat. The screws of the hinges are often covered by a cap. Use the screwdriver to pry the caps from the toilet seat hinges.
Now use the screwdriver to remove the screws from the hinges. Some plumbers use silicone to seal the hinges to the toilet seat. If that is the case, you can use the utility knife to cut the silicone by inserting it between the hinge and the toilet bowl. Simply follow the dimension of the hinge. Once the screws are out and the silicone cut, you can lift the toilet seat from the base.
Step 2 - Attach the Toilet Seat Riser
The great thing about a toilet seat risers is how easy they are to install; they fit on every toilet. The majority of toilet seat risers connect to the toilet base with 3 or more plastic clips. The toilet seat riser will have notches on the front and sides. Install the clips under the lip of the toilet bowl. Place the toilet seat riser on top of the toilet bowl and align the clips. Push the seat down until it locks. Some toilet seat risers have dials that you turn to create a stronger seal.
Step 3 - Attach the Lid
Use the screwdriver to remove the hinges from the old toilet seat and lid. You will only need to use the lid. Lift the hinges on the toilet seat riser and screw the toilet seat lid into place.