Toilet installation is something most Australians rarely – if ever – think about. When was the last time you sat on the loo and thought I wonder how this toilet was installed?
While it may be easily forgotten about, eventually you will reach a point where your current toilet needs replacing.
The process can be a little unclear, however. Is it possible to just buy any new toilet and have it installed? Is there a right and wrong way?
You want to be prepared when nature calls, so if you’re looking at toilet installation here are five installation mistakes to avoid.
1. Selecting the Wrong Trap Type
This one should be fairly simple but often those simple mistakes are the ones which hurt the most.
The trap type refers to where the waste pipe connects. If your pipe is attached to the ground, that’s an S-trap. If it’s the wall, that’s a P-trap.
There are also skew trap toilets where the pipe comes out on the side, but that is far less common.
Without checking this information you might find yourself in a real pickle halfway through the toilet installation process. Make sure to check – and double check – what’s required first before you try to plumb a toilet.
2. Not Knowing What Your Set-Out Is
Much like knowing the trap, you need to be aware of what the toilet’s set-out it.
Firstly, you will probably ask what the set-out is.
The set-out is the distance between the wall and the centre of your waste outlet pipe, located underneath the bowl or on the wall.
For outlets along the floor, the average distance is between 140mm and 165mm. However, that distance can vary considerably at times, and range from anywhere between 90mm and 250mm.
Since the set-out can vary so much you really want to know the precise measurement before making any progress. This is why it’s recommended to use a professional toilet plumber for any toilet installation.
They can accurately assess what replacement toilet is needed for a smooth replacement. The team at Jim’s Plumbing will be more than happy to help out, and can even provide a toilet from our range of highly regarded suppliers.
3. Ignoring Water Efficiency Ratings
Toilets are among the biggest water users in your home, and a necessary one. But, you can still make some big changes.
Modern toilets can use up to one litre less of water per flush compared to older models from even a decade ago. For an average family of 4 that equals 6,000 litres per year! Just think of the positive impact on the environment by saving that much water across millions of homes.
When purchasing a new toilet you should always take note of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating. The ratings show how much water is used per average flush.
4. Choosing an Average Toilet Style
If you’re remodelling or updating a bathroom the last thing you want is adding an average toilet into the mix.
Sure, toilet price may play a role in the decision but you should never settle for second best. A long term, water efficient and attractive toilet is something every home deserves.
Before it comes to toilet installation, there are a few different types to consider.
Perhaps the most adaptable suite, the cistern is connected to the bowl by a flush pipe. This means your set-out is not a limiting factor as your pipe length can be adjusted during toilet installation.
Close Coupled Toilet
A fully integrated unit, the cistern sits right on top of the toilet pan. It comes in a variety of designs for traditional or contemporary bathrooms.
Wall Faced Toilet
Similar to the close coupled, however, the entire lower toilet bowl extends back to the wall. That way any pipework is hidden for a clean, streamlined look.
Stylish and discreet, the cistern is hidden inside the wall. As a result, it takes up less space but may require extra work from a fully qualified plumber. You will require a new cavity in the wall and the set-out will likely need to be moved.
However, you gain more space in the bathroom and can still easily access the cistern if future toilet plumbing issues arise.
Bidet/Bidet Toilet Seat
How about going all out and purchasing a bidet or bidet toilet seat? It’s not a direct replacement for your toilet, but the hygiene perks are a great benefit. Bidets are hands free, perfect for sensitive skin and come with a range of adjustable settings to suit anyone.
5. Putting Off Existing Toilet Plumbing Problems
Has your current toilet been leaking regularly? Just how many times have you had to call out an emergency plumber for a blocked toilet?
While the team at Jim’s Plumbing is always happy to fix your toilet troubles, we also want to see long term solutions. If it’s an aged toilet or one which is facing recurring faults, an upgrade or replacement is necessary.
Jim’s Plumbing can replace any toilet suite so you can maximise on all the long term savings. There’s no point wasting money on regular repairs when you can rest easy with a pristine throne.
You’ll also find the toilet installation cost is not an eye watering amount when compared to regular visits for drain cleaning or bathroom damage caused by a blocked toilet.
So if you’re ready to make some changes, contact Jim’s Plumbing today and we’ll help you with every step of the toilet installation process.