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5 Toilet Installation Mistakes Which Will Cost You Money

Toilet installation is something most Australians rarely – if ever – think about. When was the last time you sat on the loo and thought: "I wonder how this toilet was installed?"

While it may be easily forgotten about, eventually you will reach a point where your current toilet needs replacing.

The process can be a little unclear, however. Is it possible to just buy any new toilet and have it installed? Is there a right and wrong way?

You always want to be prepared when nature calls. So, before we get to five toilet installation mistakes to avoid, here’s an overview of why it matters.

Why Correct Toilet Installation Matters

Proper toilet installation is crucial for several reasons. When it comes to installing a toilet, taking shortcuts or making mistakes can end up costing you money in the long run. DIY toilet replacement is never recommended.

Here are some key reasons why correct toilet installation matters:

  • Preventing leaks: Incorrectly installed toilets can develop leaks over time, leading to water damage and costly repairs. By ensuring proper installation, you can minimize the risk of leaks and avoid potential water-related issues.
  • Efficient water usage: A properly installed toilet ensures efficient water usage. Improper installation can cause problems like continuous running or frequent clogging, resulting in wasted water and higher water bills.
  • Avoiding structural damage: A toilet that is not correctly installed can put additional strain on the floor and surrounding structures. Over time, this can lead to cracks, damage to the subfloor, and other structural issues, requiring expensive repairs.
  • Enhanced lifespan: Correct installation extends the lifespan of your toilet. A well-installed toilet is less likely to develop mechanical problems or become damaged, saving you money on premature replacements.
  • Ensuring safety: Properly installing a toilet ensures user safety. An unstable or improperly secured toilet can pose a risk of accidents and injuries. Correct installation ensures stability and reduces the chances of accidents.
  • Warranty protection: Many toilet manufacturers offer warranties that cover defects in materials or workmanship. However, these warranties may be voided if the toilet is not installed correctly. By following proper installation procedures, you can maintain the validity of the warranty and potentially save money on future repairs or replacements.

Investing time and effort in correct toilet installation pays off in the long run by avoiding costly repairs, conserving water, and ensuring user safety. It’s always wise to consult a professional or follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best results.

Here are the top five toilet installation mistakes to avoid.

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1. Selecting the Wrong Trap Type

This one should be fairly simple but often those simple mistakes are the ones which hurt the most.

The trap type refers to where the waste pipe connects. If your pipe is attached to the ground, that’s an S-trap. If it’s the wall, that’s a P-trap.

There are also skew trap toilets where the pipe comes out on the side, but they are far less common.

Without checking this information you might find yourself in a real pickle halfway through the toilet installation process. Make sure to check – and double check – what’s required first before you try to plumb a toilet.

2. Not Knowing What Your Set-Out Is

Much like knowing the trap, you need to be aware of what the toilet’s set-out is.

Firstly, you will probably ask what the set-out is.

The set-out is the distance between the wall and the centre of your waste outlet pipe, located underneath the bowl or on the wall.

For outlets along the floor, the average distance is between 140mm and 165mm. However, that distance can vary considerably at times, and range from anywhere between 90mm and 250mm.

Since the set-out can vary so much you really want to know the precise measurement before making any progress. This is why it’s recommended to use a professional toilet plumber for any toilet installation.

They can accurately assess what replacement toilet is needed for a smooth replacement. The team at Plumber Near Me will be more than happy to help out, and can even provide a toilet from our range of highly regarded suppliers.

3. Ignoring Water Efficiency Ratings

Toilets are among the biggest water users in your home, and a necessary one. But, you can still make some big changes.

Modern toilets can use up to one litre less of water per flush compared to older models from even a decade ago. For an average family of four, that equals 6000 litres per year. Just think of the positive impact on the environment by saving that much water across millions of homes.

When purchasing a new toilet you should always take note of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating. The ratings show how much water is used per average flush.

4. Choosing an Average Toilet Style

If you’re remodelling or updating a bathroom, the last thing you want is adding an average toilet into the mix.

Sure, new toilet price may play a role in the decision but you should never settle for second best. A long term, water efficient and attractive toilet is something every home deserves.

Before it comes to toilet installation, there are a few different types to consider.

Connector Toilet

Perhaps the most adaptable suite, the cistern is connected to the bowl by a flush pipe. This means your set-out is not a limiting factor as your pipe length can be adjusted during toilet installation.

Close Coupled Toilet

A fully integrated unit, the cistern sits right on top of the toilet pan. It comes in a variety of designs for traditional or contemporary bathrooms.

Wall Faced Toilet

Similar to the close coupled, however, the entire lower toilet bowl extends back to the wall. That way any pipework is hidden for a clean, streamlined look.

Concealed Toilet

Stylish and discreet, the cistern is hidden inside the wall. As a result, it takes up less space but may require extra work from a fully qualified plumber. You will require a new cavity in the wall and the set-out will likely need to be moved.

However, you gain more space in the bathroom and can still easily access the cistern if future toilet plumbing issues arise.

Bidet/Bidet Toilet Seat

How about going all out and purchasing a bidet or bidet toilet seat? It’s not a direct replacement for your toilet, but the hygiene perks are a great benefit. Bidets are hands free, perfect for sensitive skin and come with a range of adjustable settings to suit anyone.

5. Putting Off Existing Toilet Plumbing Problems

Has your current toilet been leaking regularly? Just how many times have you had to call out an emergency plumber for a blocked toilet?

While the team at Plumber Near Me is always happy to fix your toilet troubles, we also want to see long-term solutions. If it’s an aged toilet or one which is facing recurring faults, an upgrade or replacement is necessary.

Plumber Near Me can replace any toilet suite so you can maximise on all the long-term savings. There’s no point wasting money on regular repairs when you can rest easy with a pristine throne.

You’ll also find the toilet installation cost is not an eye watering amount when compared to regular visits for drain cleaning or bathroom damage caused by a blocked toilet.

So, if you’re ready to make some changes and install a new toilet, contact Plumber Near Me today and we’ll help you with every step of the toilet installation process.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.