Toilet installation in new construction is often viewed as an intimidating job because of its complex process. But the truth is this task is much easier than you think.
In toilet replacement, you need to deal with old plumbing lines, removal of the old toilet and flooring tiles, and cleaning. These tasks are all physically demanding. But with toilet installation in new construction, everything is new which allows the licensed tradie to start the work as planned.
Though this process is less complicated, problems may still arise as the work progress. To prevent experiencing setbacks, it’s best to know everything that you need to know before starting the actual toilet installation.
5 Things you must learn before starting the toilet installation in new construction
1. What toilet to purchase?
First on the list is the most important element in toilet installation – the toilet itself. The factors that must consider before purchasing a toilet are models, types, design, and height.
There are only two choices for models, and these are one-piece and two-piece models.
- One-piece models are toilets with tank and bowl that are built together. Since it has a compact design, the one-piece toilet is easier to install and clean, consume small space, and low maintenance. It’s a plus that it has a lesser chance to encounter leaks or breaking as well.
- Two-piece models are the toilet with tank and bowl that are built separately. This is a good toilet option if your bathroom has an odd-sized rough. You will only need to change the tanks size to fit it to your bathroom’s rough.
There are four types of toilets that you can choose from, namely: back to wall, close coupled and wall hung pan.
- The Back to wall toilet is designed with the cistern located behind the toilet’s pan and being concealed by a wall or the toilet unit itself. It is called back to wall because the back of this toilet’s pan rests the flush against the wall. The advantage of this toilet type is it is accessible for minor repair because the cistern is exposed.
- The close coupled toilet is commonly the design of modern toilets. The design of this toilet is the pan and cistern are built together, and all the pipes are hidden inside the toilet’s unit. The advantage of this toilet type is its’ affordability and has a less complicated installation process.
- The wall hung toilet is installed with the pan hung on the wall, while its’ cistern (and the rest of the pipes) rests in the wall cavity. The advantage of this type of toilet is it consumes less space and can easily adjust the height of the unit’s pan.
The factors that you must consider when it comes to toilet design are the flush’s handle location and shape of the bowl.
- Convenience is the main reason why the location of the flush handle is important to be accessible. Flush handle is typically located on the left or right side of the toilet’s tank. But on the modern designs of toilets, you can now see the flush handle either on top of the toilet’s tank or in remote control.
- For maximum comfort, you must choose the best shape of the bowl that fits your need. The available shapes of the bowl are elongated, U-shaped and round-front.
The standard height of a toilet is between 14 ½ inches to 15 inches (floor to the bowl rim). But you can freely adjust it depending on your height or if you are living with an elderly.
2. How long does toilet installation in new construction take?
Toilet installation normally takes 2 to 3 hours. But this may change depending on the type of toilet licensed plumbers need to install.
3. Is there a preparation process before starting the toilet installation in new construction?
Yes, there is a preparation process for toilet installation and this process starts by measuring the bathroom area. This is to ensure that the toilet you are about to purchase perfectly fit your bathroom.
To get the correct measurement, you need to keep in mind that the standard measurement for the toilet’s front portion location is at least 24 inches. To determine the space for elbow room, measure the largest area of the seat then measure the distance between the walls.
Note: All measurement must be made by a licensed plumber to ensure getting the accurate measurements.
4. What code or regulations that you need to comply?
With toilet installation in new construction, you need to comply on two codes: local building code and plumbing regulations. You can ask your licensed plumber or builder to have a clear understanding of this code and regulation.
5. How much does toilet installation cost?
Toilet installation can be expensive at times. The smart way to create a reasonable budget is by researching for the toilet installation cost in your area. To give you an idea, here’s the average price range of toilet installation cost:
- $100 to $150 – Basic toilet installation
- $350 or below – Standard toilet installation
- $400 and above – Premium toilet installation
Licensed plumbers normally give either a fixed or hourly-based rate. It’s best to research for all the nearest licensed plumber on your area and ask for their toilet installation cost. Once you have gathered enough information, you can choose the best company that fits your budget and has a reliable reputation.
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