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Choosing the Right Toilet

June 16, 2011 | Blog

Dallas-Ft. Worth Plumbers On Toilet Installation

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, chances are you’ve looked at tile, bathtubs, sinks, and other fixtures. Chances are, however, you haven’t spent too much time thinking about what toilet to install. However, depending on the “rough-in distance“– how far the center of the sewer drain that your toilet sits on from the finished wall it sits against – your choices may be limited. As a result, the rough-in distance in of your toilet will affect the size of toilet you can install. If you prefer a more elongated toilet for comfort’s sake – typically measuring 31” from the wall – you may have to choose a rounder toilet if your bathroom is smaller or cramped in size. Additionally, if accessibility is a concern, you may want to consider a taller toilet.

Regardless of whether you have the space to install a smaller or more elongated toilet, you’ll still want to consider style, flushing technology, and whether or not you want a bidet.

Consider the Style of a Toilet – Does it Really Matter?

In general, there are two types of toilet: those that are bolted onto a wall and those that stand alone. In the case of the former, they come in two pieces (a tank and the bowl) and are almost always more affordable than stand-alone toilets. Stand-alone toilets are not attached to the wall and are a single, seamless piece. As a result, it’s often easier to clean them, though they usually cost more. Here, space and convenience may recommend one kind of toilet over the other.

Flushing Your Toilet – What You Should Take Into Consideration

If you’ve visited a restaurant or retail store and been disgusted by slow flushing toilets and the waste they leave behind, you’ll appreciate the importance of picking a toilet with the right toilet flushing technology. In the mid-1990s, the government introduced new efficiency standards for toilets. Before then, toilets typically used about 3.5 gallons of water with each flush.

Under the new standards, manufacturers were required to design toilets that use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Initially, many of these toilets did not perform very well, creating a great deal of skepticism on the part of consumers regarding the wisdom of replacing an older toilet with a new one. In recent years, however, manufacturers have improved their toilet and flush designs.

However, before purchasing a toilet, it’s important to test the flushing technology and read customer reviews before deciding on a make and model.

Considering a Bidet

While bidets are not nearly as common in the US as they are in Europe, recent trends suggest that may be changing. Bidets improve personal hygiene and help people manage certain health conditions that may be brought on by age or certain physical conditions. Here, people who have trouble getting into showers or bathtubs can still clean themselves by using a bidet.

Installing a New Toilet? Contact Public Service Plumbers

Regardless of whether you’re remodeling or simply replacing an older toilet, Public Service Plumbers can help. We have a wide-array of toilet models to choose from an experienced, licensed and bonded team of plumbers that can install your toilet for you.

To talk to one of our sales staff, call Public Service Plumbers at (214) 753-4633 or drop by our Dallas, Texas showroom to for ideas on how we can help you create the house of your dreams.

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