How to Drain a Toilet

The first step in removing a toilet is to get as much of the water out of the tank and bowl as possible.

  1. Start by turning off the cut-off valve to the toilet.
  2. Next, flush the toilet, holding the handle down until all the water in the tank has drained out.
  3. To remove the remaining water from the bowl, fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and pour it rapidly into the bowl, lifting the bucket up as high as you can to increase the speed of the flow.

This will draw most of the water out of the bowl, making it easy to remove the little that is left.