Did you know that toilets are responsible for 30% of our water use in North American homes? Water itself is not only a necessity but also a luxury we can't imagine without. Not only is it comforting to own a toilet, but knowing that it takes away unwanted solid waste far away from our home with a simple flush.
Throughout history, the purpose of water has changed; it has redefined our idea of cleanliness and safety. The history of the toilet is of architectural background that didn't involve water—from chamber pots to holes in the ground. In medieval times, castle toilets (or "garderobes") involved toilet installations built into the walls and waste would fall down the moat—a deep, wide ditch that was either dry or filled with water.
When architectural structures of plumbing systems revolutionized civilization, a world without a toilet and water was unthinkable.
It's shocking if you think that toilet systems from before 1994 used five to seven gallons (!) per full flush alone, which is an unimaginable 18 to 26 liters down the pipes just to remove waste. If you have a weak bladder and notice a high monthly water bill, it's probably time to consider upgrading.
Thankfully, modern technology has developed more energy-efficient toilets to meet our needs and reduce environmental impacts. Tank replacements are more common than bowl replacements depending on damage severity, but often, replacement is your best bet.
Whichever matter you need us to look at, our experienced plumbers at Mr. Rooter of Central Long Island have the knowledge to tell you all about the latest technology and inspect your existing pipe and drainage system to determine the best option.
What are the Different Toilet Models or Styles?
Before we dive into the types and their benefits, it's important to understand the major models. This way, it will be easier for you to determine your home's circumstances and your preferences.
Your standard system is composed of a bowl and a tank. The three major models to choose from are the following:
One-Piece: This model has the tank and bowl molded together keeping leakage to a minimum and facilitating cleaning efforts. While this version is easier to install than the two-piece, it's slightly more expensive due to its durability and high-end look.
Two-Piece: This model has a separate tank and bowl and is the most common one in households. It's less expensive and more economical, offering more options for looks and heights. While replacement parts are easy to find, it can be prone to breakage and leaks.
Wall-Mounted: A wall-hung toilet is directly mounted to the wall, with the tank installed inside the wall. It's the most expensive of the three because it's more difficult to install. Some benefits include space-saving and low-volume flushing. Let's dive into that now.
Modern Toilet Types & Flush Mechanisms - What Are Their Benefits?
While a list of modern systems out there has us speechless, the regular homeowner often wants a functioning one with a healthy storage tank that drains water into the bowl when activating the flush button or lever. Depending on your needs, you will be surprised to learn about our toilet replacement options—from type to flush mechanism.
Upflush: This version doesn't require intensive plumbing work to install. In fact, it's fully mobile and flexible in terms of placement, making toilet installation easy for tight spaces or areas not ideal for pipework. Unlike traditional plumbing fixtures, upflush systems have a unique discharge system made of a macerator unit and a pipe that processes human waste and toilet paper. Instead of gravitational flush into the drain, upflush sends the shredded discharge through an upward pipe into the sewage system.
Low-Flow: If protecting the environment and conserving water is your priority, a low-flow toilet installation will be your winner. It uses 1.28 gallons per flush, if not less. This way, you lower your water usage by 20-60%, and your Central Long Island home can save up to $140 a year on water. Low-flow is enhanced with either gravity or pressure-assisted flush. Some things to keep in mind are that clogs can happen when you use less water and have a low water pressure system. Our team of experienced plumbers at Mr. Rooter can inspect your existing plumbing system to tell you what needs to be done to ensure a smooth installation.
Composting: Composting is a biological process of treating human waste in a way it can sustainably fertilize plants and preserve your local water quality. It's popular in remote areas, and when done right, you can enhance the growth of plants in areas where soil amendment is allowed. Yet, it comes with much maintenance and can lead to odors, pests and health hazards if mishandled.
Dual Flush: The most common and environmentally friendly option for homeowners and allows you to hit the half flush or full flush button for fluid or solid waste. Although it's expensive to buy, its greatest benefit is water efficiency which will save you money in the long run and help you manage water shortage.
Double Cyclone Flush: You probably see this powerful type a lot in commercial washrooms. Like the name suggests, the water swirls like a cyclone and effectively cleans the bowl before rinsing and flushing. They're not as water-efficient as dual flushes but still have a water-saving quality that saves you money on your monthly water bill.
Tornado Flush: This is the next step of the double cyclone flush, using three jets positioned sideways around top of the bowl. Although it swirls around violently like a tornado, it's a quiet flush.
Gravity Flush: This is the most common and secure flush mechanism for standard households. The holding tank drops the water into the bowl as you flush, and the natural force of gravity pushes the waste through the trapway. Gravity flush tends to be silent, doesn't clog easily and operates with fewer parts.
Pressure-Assisted Flush: Similar to gravity, it has an additional pressure vessel within the main tank. When water mixes with that compressed air in the pressure vessel, it becomes pressurized and leads to a powerful flush. This flush system is reliably water-efficient, strong and suitable for large family households. The only downside is, it's noisy.
Auto Flush / Touchless: Public and commercial washrooms have motion sensor features to support a healthier and more hygienic environment. If you want to reduce bacteria and virus spread and conserve water, this will be your choice.
Flushometer Valve: This powerful mechanism is suited for tankless toilets, which you often find in commercial washrooms. The key components are bowl and flushometer valve, which means barely any extra parts required. During flushing, water leaves through the flush valve into the bowl. It's considered robust, good at handling frequent uses.
Having learned the essentials, you'll be surprised to know that some advanced flushing mechanisms can create whirlpool effects in a bowl! Our toilet installation engineers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing can advise you about the best toilet installation options for your home. We also handle leaks, inefficient fill valves and toilet fitters.
FAQ - More Questions about Toilet Installation Services?
After all this information, you are probably still digesting and assessing your needs. Remember that additional pros and cons may apply depending on what you want for your home. It sounds like a complex project, but upgrading your plumbing system will not only drive up your home's value but prolong your overall drainage system. Let's tackle some FAQs to clear the air!
Where do I Find Toilet Installation Service in Central Long Island? How Much is It?
Finding the right toilet plumber shouldn't be a headache. At Mr. Rooter of Central Long Island, we offer transparent pricing. We listen to your needs and ensure that no hidden costs will scare you away. We will carefully inspect your plumbing system and ensure that nothing affects your quote. Your satisfaction and safety are our priority, and we don't charge extra fees.
Is Toilet Installation Suited for DIY? Or Do I Need A Professional Plumber?
We understand that homeowners want to save money. Unfortunately, toilet installation is not like fixing a broken faucet or a leaky shower head. However, if you have replaced a toilet before and are equipped with the right tools and some plumbing knowledge, then DIY might work for you. Do pay attention to leaks, mold and, most importantly, old pipes. Remember your plumbing pipes comply with building codes. If you notice anything strange, like a leaking pipe, consult a professional right away.
Should I Upgrade My Toilet During Bathroom Remodel?
You will have a handful of things to consider during a bathroom remodel. The most important one is investigating your drywall and ceiling since bathrooms capture the most moisture. While already remodeling, why not upgrade to a water-efficient “throne” with a new toilet installation? Our experienced toilet plumbers can help you stay on track and complete each job on your list efficiently while you sit back and dream of your new bathroom. It's good to have a professional inspect your plumbing system before you choose your desired system.
What is a Trapway?
It's the outlet inside the base of the toilet through which waste leaves the bowl through the drainpipe into your sewage system. Trapway sizes are typically two-inch (diameter). Larger trapways reduce chance of clog and overflow.
Pro Tip: If you have a low-flow that uses less water, waste could accumulate in the drain. We recommend checking water pressure in case your flush can't handle too much toilet paper. Low-flow operates on either pressure or gravity. For more efficiency, pipes need to be readjusted to a specific angle and slope to operate.
When is it Time to Upgrade My Toilet?
Sometimes we don't know how old it is and need to keep an eye on signs that aren't just cosmetic issues. After purchasing a used home, some new homeowners prefer toilet replacement because old ones have a higher chance of flooding.
Tank-related issues include fragile fill valve, flapper and lever. While these indicate minor nuisances, clogs and cracks are more serious.
Should I Invest in a Water-Conserving Toilet?
Absolutely, if your home's plumbing system is equipped for this type, it's the best way to reduce environmental impact. Low-flows are dedicated to water conservation and will help you save a few hundred bucks a year too. Since it requires a particular pipe system, do have a professional inspect your overall plumbing pipes first, especially if your home is older.
What Are the Standard Toilet Dimensions?
Width: Minimum of 21 inches, standard 30 inches
Depth: Between 27 and 30 inches
Back Height: 21 to 31 inches
Seat Height: 17 to 19 inches
Need A Toilet Installation Professional in Central Long Island?
We've been supplying reliable plumbing services to Central Long Island residents for many years and not once let them down. We are high on home water savings and want to help you achieve a cost-effective lifestyle through a healthy plumbing system.
We're available 24/7 for any plumbing emergency or questions. With a fully transparent policy, we guarantee to get things flowing again without wasting you a drop of water.
At Mr. Rooter of Central Long Island, we have a dedicated team of Central Long Island plumbing professionals providing quality service. Call us at 631-542-2194 and share your concerns, remodeling plans and plumbing needs with our customer service representatives. We'll ensure our toilet installation services suit your needs.