Many consumers are sure they can install a toilet themselves, but the simple fact is that installing toilets can be a time-consuming and difficult process, especially when replacing a significantly old or outdated toilet that may require a good amount of plumbing work before a replacement can be professionally and satisfactorily installed.
Toilets are by far the most-used part of any bathroom, but they’re often the most overlooked — until they begin to clog, or they stop flushing properly, or they develop cracks. The simple fact is that most consumers completely forget about their toilet until it causes them problems — or pain, leaks, and all kinds of messes. This is where a good plumbing company comes in quite handy: they’re well acquainted with everything that can possibly go wrong in a bathroom, and the know the best fixes.Choosing a new toilet is an opportunity to really upgrade a bathroom: consider that, until 1980, many toilets used more than twice as much water as they currently do when flushing. Given escalating utility costs and the drive to “go green” in every aspect of the home, it’s easy to see why a plumbing contractor and a new toilet might solve more than one of your home’s problems.
The toilet installation service provided by a Ritz Plumbing contractor involves some complicated steps in order to ensure that the new model is properly installed, using water efficiently, and is comfortable for all members of the household. The first order of business will simply be to remove your existing toilet, which is typically done in under an hour by most contractors. In fact, this might be the easiest step they’ll perform.
The complicated part comes between the removal of the old toilet and the installation of a new one: our plumber will check and install a several pipes and valves which are designed to keep water flowing to the toilet, as well as keep waste flowing away from the bathroom. if your toilet or plumbing appears to be quite old, they’ll check all of the pipes for any potential issues that might arise after installation, and they’ll be sure to optimize everything for water savings and efficiently along the way.
Once the plumbing has been shored up, your toilet installation moves into the final phase: setting the toilet bowl and installing the water tank. These two elements comprise what everyone thinks of when they condier a typical toilet. The process is relatively easy, and the plumber will ensure that all of the pipes, valves, and fittings are tight — you wouldn’t want your toilet leaking into the downstairs living area, or flushing improperly.
Finally, the Ritz Plumbing expert you hire will test out the new model and make sure that it’s doing its job properly. They’ll test the new model to ensure that it flushes properly and does not lead to overflowing or clogged messes. They’ll make sure nothing has been broken in the process of setting the bowl and installing the water tank, and then they’ll leave you to enjoy a more efficient, more attractive, and more modern toilet that doesn’t look like it came from a bygone era.
When a New Toilet is the Right Answer
Many times, consumers simply balk at the idea of going through the kind of intense labor and lifestyle disruption that is associated with new toilet replacement. But there are actually several cases where this simply cannot — and should not — be avoided. And these are the times when you simply must call Ritz Plumbing and arrange a visit by one of our professionals.
1. The bad flush: An aging toilet often stops flushing efficiently after quite a few years or decades in operation. Likewise, if the toilet was a cheaper model, it may never have had a good flush to begin with. This is often frustrating, and it can lead to clogs either in the toilet bowl or in the pipes that serve the toilet. That means only one thing: multiple flushes, frequent use of the plunger, and the occasional overflow that can ruin bathrooms, furniture, and good moods. This is a clear sign that a new toilet is needed.
2. Lots of water, lots of the time: Older toilets — mainly those installed before 1980 — use a good deal more water than the current models sold in home improvement stores. That’s because the government has since regulated just how much water a toilet should use, and advancements in plumbing have made those regulations easy to obtain. Before 1980, toilets used about 7 gallons per flush; after 1980, toilets were required to use just half that amount — 3.5 gallons per flush. And in recent years, ultra-efficient models have further reduced that to about 1.6 gallons per flush. In an economy where utility costs are rising faster than inflation, saving that much water is a great way to boost the budget and get with the “greener” times.
3. Keeping up with modern design: There’s no mistaking a dated bathroom setup: there are baby pink toilets, powder blue toilets, and even pale yellow toilets out there. They all have one thing in common: they weren’t installed anytime during this century, and may well have been installed as long ago as halfway through the 20th century. They’re old, unattractive, and inefficient. There’s no need to keep accommodating outdated design cues with a toilet that has more color to it than your bathroom walls. Instead, install a toilet that caters to modern design sensibilities and doesn’t embarrass you in front of your guests.