The toilet is part of our everyday life, and it’s important to keep it in working order to keep your home as hygienic as possible. Once your toilet is perfectly installed, proper maintenance will ensure you avoid costly issues in the future. We have some suggestions you may need when replacing a toilet in your home or business. This may look simple, but there is more plumbing involved than you might think. We talked with our local Reliant Plumbers about this, and have passed on the helpful advise to you.
Once your toilet is perfectly installed, proper maintenance will ensure you avoid costly issues in the future. If you still haven’t decided on a the right replacement toilet, our Toilet Shopping Guide can help!
Ensure the Proper Fit
Plumbing code actually dictates how your toilet should fit in your bathroom, particularly the distance between the toilet and the wall, vanity, shower, etc. If you have a sizeable bathroom, we actually recommend creating even more space to the front and sides of your toilet to ensure that your bathroom is comfortable for all visitors or future residents. Contact Reliant Plumbing if you are unsure of the code for your area. We service Westlake, Austin, Bee Caves, Round Rock, San Antonio and more. See below for our recommended layout:
Replace the Water Supply Line
The water line is the braided cable that leads from the tank of the toilet to the wall. This supply line has a life span of 6 to 8 years and it’s best to replace at the time of install. If you expect to have the toilet in for a long time, we recommend a soft copper supply line which last longer than the normal stainless steel.
Don't Overlook Angle Stops
Angle stops, also called toilet shut-off valves, shut off water to the toilet if there’s a leak. It’s in your best interest to make sure this is replaced at the time of install to ensure there are no problems down the way. Note, there are two types of angle stops: quarter-turn and multi-turn. If you can request it, it’s always better to have a quarter-turn angle stop.
Caulk the Escutheon Correctly
It’s so important that the escutcheon is caulked correctly. In the plumbing world an escutcheon is also known as the chrome plate on the wall by the angle stop. If this step is missed or if it’s not done correctly, this can cause water damage to the wall if the toilet leaks.
Check Your Toilet Flange
The toilet flange is the part of the toilet that secures the unit to the floor. The height and levelness of it can determine the size of the wax ring you need. There are two type of rings that can be used: wax or plastic. We prefer the wax as it’s a better seal and it lasts longer.
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