Even though they are an important part of your home and family's needs, toilets may not be a focus of your household's discussions.
Unfortunately, these imperative plumbing fixtures do not last forever. On average, most toilets will need to be replaced every 15 years, according to Angie’s List. Therefore, a point will come when you need to replace one or more toilets in your home. Of course, not all toilets are created equal. If it is time to replace your toilets, here are a few factors to consider.
One of the first things you need to do when replacing one or more toilets is to take measurements of your current toilet and the rough-in space of your bathroom. Your plumbing contractor can help with these measurements and recommend toilet sizes and designs that will work with your needs.
Focus on the toilet's footprint to get started. The footprint is the measurement of the space where the toilet pedestal meets the floor. To ensure there is no space showing on the floor, your new toilet should have the same or larger size footprint as your current toilet.
You should also measure the distance between the wall and the toilet's drain. In most cases, a typical toilet is installed around 12 inches from the wall. However, this measurement may vary depending on the size and style of your new toilet.
Toilet height is also a measurement you need to consider. The standard toilet height is 15 inches, which means the toilet bowl sits 15 inches from the floor. The standard height is comfortable for most people. However, if you or other household members are elderly, taller, or living with knee and back pain, toilets that have heights of between 17 and 19 inches may be more beneficial.
Many people are surprised to learn about the many different styles of toilets available. You always have the option to replace your old toilet with a new model of the same style. Or, you can choose a completely different style if preferred.
Here are a few styles to consider:
- One Piece. As the name suggests, a one-piece toilet consists of one solid piece. Although generally more expensive, one-piece toilets are easier to clean and offer a streamlined, modern look that most people love.
- Two Piece. Two-piece toilets are the most common style used in homes. The design features two pieces — the seat/bowl and the tank. Because these pieces are connected together, the design has more seams, making it more difficult to clean and maintain.
- Wall Mount. A wall-mounted toilet is also one to consider. The bowl/tank are mounted to the wall instead of to the floor. This increases the amount of floorspace you have in your bathroom, but many wall-mounted toilet designs can suffer from inefficiency due to improper installation.
To determine which style is the right option for you, you need to weight out the pros and cons of each of the above options in regard to your circumstances.
Older toilets waste a large amount of water and money with each flush. In addition, if your toilet is worn and leaking, it will also leak/waste water, increasing the risk of water damage and mold growth over time.
Fortunately, different flushing styles are available if you are searching for an efficient toilet model.
Gravity-assisted toilets are the most common low-flow, water-efficient model. Water is stored in the tank. When you flush the toilet, the water is released, pulling it down into the bowl. This use of water and gravity ensures you are able to flush away waste without an excess amount of water.
Pressure-assisted toilets are even more efficient. On average, these toilets flush waste away effectively using only 1.1 to 1.2 gallons of water, according to Networx. While more expensive, pressure-assisted toilets can be a great investment to help improve the efficiency of your home.
If you are ready to replace one or more toilets in your home, contact Accurate Plumbing today.