Replacing Your Toilet? Read This Q&A
Whether you are moving into a new home, renovating your current one, or just want to change up some of the appliances, it’s always good to make sure you know what you’re buying. Being knowledgeable about different products and brands puts you, the consumer, in a position of power. At THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing, we want our customers to feel confident about the decisions they make. That’s why we put together a guide to help you approach buying a new toilet for your home. Keep this Q&A in mind when shopping for a new toilet! When it comes time for installation, call us so we can make sure your new appliance is installed carefully, quickly, and at a reasonable cost.
How much should I plan to spend on a new toilet?
When it comes to toilets, going the “cheapest is best” route is not in your best interest. However, there’s no need to shell out over $500. You can find reliable models beginning around $100, increasing past $600 for higher-end, pressure-assisted toilets. Remember, this is something you’ll use more than once a day, so be sure to invest enough that it will last you for years to come.
Where should I begin shopping?
Showrooms for appliances and bathrooms are a great place to start. Seeing the toilet in a mocked-up bathroom will help you visualize what it might look like in your home. Online, you can browse hundreds of options and compare prices and specifications with ease. Home improvement stores tend to have a good selection of top-ranked toilets for you to choose from, as well.
What is “MaP”? What about “flush rating”?
“MaP” refers to “Maximum Performance”, an industry standard rating given to any toilets that exceed standards for waste removal, efficiency, and performance. MaP rated toilets all fall under a “flush rating” of 1.28 gpf. The “flush rating” refers to the amount of waste the toilet will flush, along with the amount of water required to do so. High efficiency toilets can have a flush rating as low as .88 gpf, saving you gallons of water in the long run.
What are some environmentally friendly options?
If you’re looking for the most environmentally friendly toilet available, look for the lowest “flush rating”, accompanied by an MaP rating. These are guaranteed to be the most efficient toilets, using the least water possible to get the job done.
What is a “dual-flush toilet”?
Dual-flush toilets have two partitioned buttons on the top, one for solid waste, and one for liquid waste. The liquid waste button uses significantly less water to flush each time than the solid waste option. These are becoming increasingly popular everywhere as they are an easy way to cut down on water consumption.
Should I be taking any measurements (other than the obvious)?
Aside from measuring the general dimensions of your current toilet, don’t forget to make some critical measurements that will save you headaches later. Be sure to measure distance from the wall behind the toilet to the bolts anchoring your toilet to the ground. This is called the “rough-in” and can vary from toilet to toilet.
Here at THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing, we know that it can be difficult to get ahead of the rising costs of home maintenance. Whether it be a water heater installation, a leaky faucet, or a malfunctioning septic tank – we are here to help. Our goal is to provide thorough plumbing services at an affordable cost, and arm you with the information you need to maintain your home. We want to simplify your experience by giving you access to reliable, reasonable appliance work, as well as boost your personal knowledge. We offer round-the-clock services including emergency plumbing repairs, outside of regular business hours. If you’re located in San Diego, call us at (858) 571-8865 to schedule your next repair, install, or anything else in between today!