Should I install my own toilet?
From home improvement stores to instructional videos, do-it-yourself projects are often considered easy, low-cost strategies for remodeling your home. Minor work like painting, gardening or installing light fixtures are easy enough to do with a bit of guidance and can actually save you time as well as money. However, when it comes to something as important as plumbing, it’s best to leave most jobs to the pros. Having a professional plumber install your toilet can spare you a whole host of potential problems while ensuring that your toilet works properly from day one.
You probably know someone who have a misaligned or “quirky” toilet, but that’s one club you definitely don’t want to join. A properly installed toilet has a bowl that points 90 degrees in a southward direction. When a toilet is improperly installed, it tends to lean to the right or left, depending on how it was screwed down. While this may seem like a minor detail, it rarely appears that way to other people since it is so contrary to what they are used to seeing (and feeling). Even an unskilled eye will be able to tell that you did not use a licensed plumber for your installation. If you decide to sell your home, this type of imperfection can actually reduce your asking price, as most buyers will question the overall integrity of your plumbing and maybe extend to other areas of your home.
There are many components and checks that go into installing a toilet. A professional plumber makes sure that the layout, location and style of your toilet all meet with your home’s specifications and personal preferences. He or she also ensures that all materials, including your toilet’s base, trim and finish are securely installed and in compliance with local building codes. This means that your toilet will be secure, leak-free, and devoid of defects or irregularities like “water hammer” or poor water flow. Most importantly, because all the work is done by a professional plumber, it is also guaranteed. Should any problems arise, you can rest easy knowing that help is just a phone call away.
The average toilet can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years and accounts for about a quarter of your home’s water usage. If your toilet has been incorrectly installed you may get a lot less life out of it or even end up paying more in monthly water fees due to inefficiency, not to mention overuse of a precious commodity – water. A broken flange, the pipe that connects your toilet to the waste pipe, and even sewage backup are just some of the problems that can occur after faulty installation. Likewise, leaks, which often seem harmless enough, can actually waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. With a professional installation, your toilet will be in top shape from the first flush, allowing you to realize maximum lifetime usage.
Whether you want the latest in low-flow toilet technology or a more traditional model, using a plumbing expert can make the process a lot simpler. Chances are you’ll even have your new toilet in a matter of hours, sans the back-breaking work.