When’s the last time you and your family talked about your toilet? Probably awhile considering no one ever talks about their toilet. However, the moment your toilet starts having issues, it becomes a real headache. One day it’s working fine and then the next it’s all clogged up. Or maybe it starts overflowing, causing damage to your flooring and basement ceiling. Now you call a plumber, but you know they’re just going to charge you a ton of money to fix a simple problem. This explains why learning about toilet installation is so beneficial for you and your home.
Why Trust Home Service Doctors?
Here at Home Service Doctors, we work hard to make our customers happy because to us, the customer is the number one priority. Helping our customers learn about plumbing and being there for them in a time of need is what we care about the most. With our experienced plumbers who are on 24/7 emergency call, we can be there for you to fix any plumbing situation you may be dealing with. Our plumbers can handle any toilet installation, maintenance, or repair with high-quality and efficient service.
There are so many hidden costs associated with a broken toilet that you’re not keeping track of. Say there is a situation with leaking water, which like all other things, can hike up your water bill. And not only that, but now your flooring, sub-flooring, ceilings, and walls might also be damaged as well. Not only has the leaking water affected areas of your home even further, but now you are paying so much more, just because of a leakage. Today, the average cost to hire a plumber ranges around $160 to $430 per project. On top of that are fees for necessary parts. Break that number down, and you’re paying anywhere from $45 to $150 per hour plus additional fees just for a plumber to come take care of a leakage. Add anywhere from $5 to $50 for each replacement part and you’re looking at paying upwards of about $600.
What to Know
Sometimes, we are the problem for our toilet issues. It’s not uncommon and no one is perfect. Yet, we can still do something about it, whether it’s learning about toilet installation or being able to fix a problem the moment it strikes. Knowing the inner workings of a toilet will not only help you become more prepared so that you’re not putting your plumbing at risk, but it will also help you save money. So here are the basic parts of a toilet and what you should know when it comes to toilet installation.
Inside the Toilet
Flapper: when you push down on the handle of the toilet, the flapper lifts, allowing water to flow freely through the drain and into the sewer.
Float Ball: this mechanism prevents water from entering the toilet tank, rising to an angle which then closes the flapper.
Overflow Tube: this tube empties into the bowl and directs any extra water into the bowl, preventing the tank from overflowing. The tube then raises the water that enters it into the height of the bowl’s trap way.
Refill Tube: this part directs water into the overflow tube. The bowl is then filled with water maintaining the water level after every flush.
Stop Valve: you can open and close the stop valve by hand. Closing it prevents water from refilling the pipes, which prevents flooding. This simple part is found on the back of the toilet.
Supply Tube: this mechanism is any easy repair, simply connect the toilet tank to the water supply valve.
Outside the Toilet
Flange and Wax Ring: these parts keep the toilet grounded. The wax ring is a rim of wax that creates a seal between the flange and the toilet. The flange is the metal rim attaching one object to another. This helps so that water doesn’t leak from the toilet.
Tank: the largest part of the toilet, the tank pushes water down through the main sewage pipe and refills the bowl. Once it’s empty, a mechanism refills the tank with new water.
Trip Lever: On the side of the tank is the trip lever, which lifts the flapper to flush the toilet. It often has a metal handle with a brass arm or it is plastic.
Bowl: Of course, the bowl, where all the gifts go. Toilet bowls are made from porcelain. Porcelain is great due to its durability, easiness to clean, smoothness, and low cost.
Don’t dig into your wallet for a new toilet installation—contact Home Service Doctors today and learn more about your home’s plumbing system!