Toilet Installation & Repair
For toilet installation or repair call the plumbers at Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Air. We service the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake City, Utah County, Ogden and surrounding areas.
Toilet design has come a long way since the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (it became law in 1994), which mandated that the maximum flush volume for toilets to not exceed 1.6 gallons. Prior to this, toilets used 3.5 – 5 gallons of water per flush. That’s a lot of water, considering currently, even with the low flush toilets, nearly 24% of water used in an average home is to flush toilets. The first toilets that met these guidelines were not very good at flushing waste, often requiring multiple flushes and getting clogged often.
With the water conservation push and the need to better utilize the water allowed, manufacturers have had to make improvements to the toilets of yesteryear. If you are still dealing with the frustrations of a toilet that takes multiple flushes to get rid of the waste, or is constantly getting clogged, or still have the old high water models from long ago –you may benefit greatly from the latest designs.
Selecting Your New Toilet
The two most common toilet types are the gravity feed and pressure assisted. Read below to learn about them.
Gravity-Feed Toilet Installation
Gravity fed toilets are the most common type of toilet and usually the most affordable. These toilets flush by pushing a lever handle. Once the handle is pushed, the flushing valve is lifted allowing the water in the tank to flow into the toilet bowl flushing out the waste.
Manufacturers have made great improvements in the design of gravity fed toilets to ensure they are flushing effectively with less water. By redesigning toilet tanks and bowls and increasing the flush valve from 2” to 3” or more, manufacturers have improved the flushability of the traditional gravity fed style toilet.
In general, gravity fed toilets are low cost and easy to repair. It is always advisable to look at reviews for toilets to make sure you don’t end up with a weak flusher, as the quality of the flushing can vary, especially with models that have smaller flush valves.
Pressure-assisted toilets have a pressure vessel within the tank. The pressure vessel has a valve that draws air into it. The pressure from the water being forced into the vessel creates a very powerful flush. Once the flush is activated, the water from the pressurized vessel is pushed into the toilet bowl, pushing any waste down the drain. The powerful flush and large trap helps to ensure clogs rarely, if ever, happen.
Pressure-assisted toilets do have a louder flush, much like the typical toilet found in commercial restrooms. They cost a bit more than a standard gravity-fed toilet, and would require a professional plumber, should any maintenance or repair be needed.
Toilet Flushing Methods
Single or Double-Flush Toilets
If you want to save as much as possible on your water bill, a double flush toilet may be your solution. Toilets with a double flush handle or double flush buttons provide the ability to flush with less water for liquid waste, or a full flush for solid waste disposal. This could potentially lessen your water bill, but it can also cause confusion for a guest choosing a half flush when a full flush was really needed.
Touchless Flush Toilet Repair & Installation
You’ve probably seen touchless toilets at a mall or the airport. Toilets can be purchased with the touchless flushing mechanism installed or this feature can be added on later with a kit. Some of these devices work by detecting proximity, and others work by detecting a hand waved in front of the device to trigger a flush.
Toilet Bowl Shape
Toilet bowls commonly come in round, elongated, and compact elongated shapes. The standard width of toilet bowls is 14” to 14.5”. The length of a toilet bowl can vary based on its shape. Round and compact elongated toilet bowls are typically 16-17” long measured from the front of the bowl to the toilet seat lid bolt holes. Elongated toilet seats are usually 2” longer.
So which toilet bowl is the best shape? If space is a concern, round or compact elongated maybe your best option. For comfort, most adults prefer the elongated shape as it provides more room to rest your thighs and a larger opening for cleaning.
Toilets come in different heights. Taller toilets help those with mobility issues, and smaller toilets are more convenient for kids.
The “standard” toilet (measured from floor to rim) is 14” to 15” high. “Comfort height” toilets are 17”-19” from floor to toilet bowl rim. Wall mounted toilets can be adjusted to your desired height.
Bidet Installation & Repair
Bidets provide a means of washing “below the belt”. Bidets, as separate fixtures from the toilets, are very common in European countries and are starting to catch on in high-end homes. As toilet manufacturers have started creating bidet/toilet all in one combination units, these combo fixtures are becoming more popular, especially among those with limited mobility. Some models even feature heated seats and air dry options.
If you have been dealing with a weak flushing toilet or one that clogs very easily, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer more powerful and efficient model. The plumbers at Black Diamond can have your ideal toilet installed fast. Our plumbers are easy to work with and will treat your home with care. In addition to toilet repair and installation, our plumbers can handle clogged toilets, drainage issues, even main sewer line problems.
If you are ready to have a new toilet installed, give the plumbers at Black Diamond Experts a call!