Although you might not often hear someone bragging about it (probably because they learned a tough lesson), many consumers are sure they can install a toilet themselves. The truth is that installing toilets can be a time-consuming and difficult process, especially when replacing a significantly old or outdated toilet. These older toilets may require a large amount of plumbing work before a replacement can be professionally and satisfactorily installed.
Toilets are by far the most-used part of any bathroom. They are also often the most overlooked — until they begin to clog, stop flushing properly, or they develop cracks. Most consumers completely forget about their toilet until it causes them problems — very messy problems. This is where hiring the services of an experienced and trusted plumbing company, like LA Metro Plumbers, comes in quite handy: they know all the things that can possibly go wrong in a bathroom, and they know the best fixes.
Choosing a new toilet really is a great opportunity to really upgrade your bathroom. Until 1980, many toilets used more than twice as much water as they currently do when flushing. Some of the newer toilets have efficiencies and features you wouldn’t begin to believe! 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 LA Metro Plumbers contractor will involve some complicated steps in order to ensure that the new toilet is installed properly, using water efficiently, and is comfortable for all members of the household. Of course, the first order of business will be to remove your existing toilet, which most contractors will take care of in under an hour.
The most complicated part of the whole replacement process comes in between the removal of the old toilet and the installation of a new one. Our plumber will check and install 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 come about after installation. Also, they will be sure to optimize everything for water savings and efficiency along the way.
Once the technician from LA Metro Plumbers is finished with the necessary plumbing retrofits and repairs, 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 consider a typical toilet. The process is relatively easy, and the plumber will ensure that all of the pipes, valves, and fittings are tight — after all, you wouldn’t want your toilet leaking into the downstairs living area, or flushing improperly.
Finally, the LA Metro Plumbers expert you hire will test out the new model and make sure that it’s doing its job properly by ensuring 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. From there, they will 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 don’t even want to think 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. If you find yourself facing one of these situations, then call LA Metro Plumbers and arrange a visit by one of our professionals.
- Improper Flushing: An aging toilet often stops flushing efficiently after a few decades in operation. Likewise, if the toilet was a cheaper model, it may never have had a good flush to begin with. This is frustrating because it can lead to constant cases of clogs either in the toilet bowl or in the pipes that serve the toilet. If that is happening, then you are running through 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!
- Too Much Water: Older toilets — mainly those installed before 1980 — use significantly more water than the current models sold in home improvement stores. 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. In recent years, ultra-efficient models have further reduced that amount to about 1.6 gallons per flush! In an economy where utility costs are rising faster than inflation and drought is threatening Los Angeles’ water sources, saving that much water is a great way to boost the budget and get with the “greener” times.
- Modern Times: You know a dated bathroom setup when you see one: Baby pink toilets, powder blue toilets, and pale yellow toilets. They all have one thing in common: they’re old! You might also find them 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 yourself in front of your guests.
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