Toilet Installation: Professional Installation vs. DIY Methods

Installing the toilet yourself can help you save money. It’s also very satisfying to install a fixture per your requirements and preference. The truth is, it takes a lot of work and precision to replace the fixture. Unless you have experience and know the components and placement of the fixture, there are high chances you may cause damage, making it unfit for installation and wasting money. Toilet installation requires special tools like spacers, which most people probably don’t own.

Here are some points you should consider if you are thinking about installing the fixture yourself.

  • Toilet replacement requires the seat to be appropriately placed. Any deviations could lead to improperly secured fittings and balance issues.
  • Changing a fixture also involves scrutiny of the plumbing lines. If a leak is missed or left unresolved, that could lead to more significant plumbing problems.
  • The contractors also view the pipes and see if they comply with the building codes.
  • Professionals can inspect for mold and other issues, see the extent of damage, and recommend probable solutions.

How DIY Installation Works

If you are still considering trying the installation, here are some tips.

Tools

Ensure you have all the tools required to install the fixture and take care of repairs and possible problems that may appear along the way

Here are some of the tools you’ll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Caulk
  • Drill
  • Wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hacksaw
  • Gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Joint pliers and locking pliers
  • Level
  • Vacuum
  • Knife

Make sure you have these tools as you attempt the installation. This way, you won’t have to run around or go to a store in case of emergencies.

Learn About the Parts

Learn about the parts of the toilet. This helps in understanding manuals and tutorials and ensures a smooth installation process. If terms like flange, wax ring, tank, etc., are too much to understand, your best bet is to hire professionals for the job.

When to Hire Professionals?

A lack of plumbing knowledge indicates it’s best to hire professionals to complete the installation for you. Professional remodeling contractors can advise you about the proper toilet to buy for your bathroom, ways to minimize water consumption, and choosing the right style to fit your house. Since the contractors deal with multiple top-of-the-line vendors, we can access more designs and styles than those available in open markets. Plus, we can also get you better deals and prices. Moreover, we come equipped with not just the tools for the job but also repair materials and other tools that may be needed to cover minor and major fixes.

What Happens if a DIY Job Doesn’t Work?

All is well if it ends well. But if something goes wrong and you don’t have professionals to work on the damage, you can have a complete plumbing disaster on hand. For instance, if you miss a leak during the installation, that could lead to water damage and other issues. Moreover, sewage water could get inside your house if the fixture is damaged during installation. Similarly, if the wax seal isn’t installed correctly, it could lead to a slow leakage on the walls and flooring. So instead of saving a few bucks, you could lose thousands over complete repair jobs.

Verdict

Professional contractors will work all around to provide you with a complete and safe toilet installation. We’ll also keep a keen eye on leaks and other issues and fix them along the way. So all you have to do is choose the new fixture, and the rest is up to the professionals.

Call the professional Spring Valley Bathroom Remodel Experts today, and let us do the job for you. We provide extensive warranties on our work and all materials at the best prices.

Types of Toilets

There are many different types of toilets available today. Some are distinguished based on their flushing mechanism, with others per the installation. Here are the three main types of toilets you should consider installing in your bathroom.

Wall Hung Toilets

These hang on the walls with no pedestal or feet to touch the ground. They can easily be installed at your desired height with just a few fittings that come with the unit.

Close Coupled

The most widely available toilets on the market today are the close coupled. These have a cistern and pan that are connected to one unit.

Back to Wall Units

These look much like the wall hung toilets but are not affixed to the walls. Instead, these toilets are fixed on the floor where the pipe and cistern are hidden behind the unit. These are perfect for saving space.

Toilet Styles

There are also different styles of toilets you can choose from. Some common types include the following:

  • Corner toilets: These types are designed to work in limited spaces, but can do just as well in large-sized master bathrooms. Concealed cisterns: The cistern is hidden behind the toilet unit or the wall, so the toilet looks clean and minimalistic.
  • High-level toilets: These have the cistern placed on top of the pan. The toilets have a chain flush system and are used in conventional toilets.
  • Low-level toilets: These are much like high-level toilets, but the only difference is that the cistern is placed lower on the wall. These, too, are usually found in older buildings and bathrooms.
  • Comfort raised: This type has the pan placed higher than a standard toilet. These are ideal for those who use wheelchairs and mobility aids as they are easier to get into.