Know Your Models
Not all toilets are created equal, regardless of how much they look alike. Before you buy a new toilet, consider all your options. Estes Services offers plumbing services, products, and installation for your new toilet.
We handle a variety of capacities, flush types, and other considerations when it comes to toilet installations. Know the facts now, so you don’t make a costly mistake down the road.
Research All Your Options
Are you in the market for a new toilet? Your purchase can be simple if you know what to look for before you go shopping! First, measure the area where your new toilet will go. This gives you the rough-in measurement when shopping for a new toilet. Here are a few tidbits of information to digest, before you flush your new toilet purchase.
- One- or Two-Piece: When you look at different toilet models, you can choose between a one-piece or two-piece. It’s common for most toilets to be a two-piece, which means the bowl is bolted to the tank. Two-piece toilets are less expensive than one-piece toilets, while a one-piece model is easier to clean.
Because they both function the same, decide if easy cleaning is a priority for your home when choosing between the two. When you purchase your toilet, make sure it comes with all the required parts for installation: closet bolts, bolt caps, wax ring with sleeve, and toilet seat.
- Bowl Shape and Size: There are two different toilet bowl shapes, round and elongated/oval. Round toilet bowls are less expensive and are ideal in small spaces.
Elongated toilet bowls cost more and are typically two inches longer than round bowls for increased comfort. If you are considering an elongated bowl, make sure your space will accommodate the size of the bowl.
The height of the bowl is usually 14 to 15 inches, based on the measurement from the floor level. You can purchase a taller bowl with a height between 16 to 19 inches for easier access and increased comfort.
- Tank and Flushing Systems: Most toilets have similar tank capacities. The bigger question is what type of flushing system comes with each toilet. A flush valve size and flush lever position go with the entire flushing system.
When you have a larger flush valve, the rate of water flow is higher. The flush lever can be positioned on the front, top, or side of the tank.
There are two types of standard flush systems to choose from, pressure-assisted and gravity-flush. A pressure-assisted flush system uses pressurized air to force water into the bowl when flushing, which reduces the chance of clogs.
However, this system is noisier, more expensive, and requires more maintenance. The gravity-flush system is most common and uses the weight of the water to generate flushing pressure.
This system is quieter and requires less maintenance. There is a third flush system available, the dual flush, which is great for saving water without sacrificing efficiency. It gives you two flushing options for a partial or full flush.
Once you have taken the time to consider all your options for a new toilet, turn to the professionals at Estes Services for support and installation. Our plumbing experts will install your new toilet easily, so you don’t have to worry about any toilet installation hassles.
Contact Estes Services today to schedule installation of your new toilet or to find out more about your options.