If you're updating an older home, consider replacing the toilets with new low-flow models. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 mandated that new toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, to conserve on water. If your home is older than that, the toilets may use significantly more water. A sleek new low-flow toilet is easy to install, will brighten up your bathroom, and save you money on your water bill.
Determining If Your House Will Support a Low-Flow Toilet
Prior to 1992, builders could assume that toilets would use more water when flushed, so the plumbing in the house may have been designed for a higher-flow toilet. In some cases, the angle at which a drain pipe sits may not be sufficient for the low-flow toilets. If you have an older home, have a local plumbing service check the pipes to make sure they will work with the new toilet.
Doing Your Own Toilet Replacement
This is a three-step process:
The tools you'll need include:
When purchasing the new toilet at the plumbing supply store, pick up the following materials:
Removing the Old Toilet
Preparing the Drain
The mounting flange secures the toilet bowl to the drain pipe. If the flange is broken, bent or damaged, you will need to contact a plumber to replace the flange so you'll get a good seal with the drain to prevent leaks.
Installing the New Toilet
Once the new toilet is in place, dispose of the old toilet. If it is not cracked, chipped or stained, you may be able to sell it. Local recyclers may take it and if not, plan on making a trip to the landfill. For more information, contact RK Knight Plumbing.Share
26 March 2015
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.