Choosing a Toilet WC – Plumbing and Heating Tips

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In this article we discuss choosing a Toilet WC as part of our plumbing and heating tips series. 

Practicality When Choosing a Toilet (WC)

The toilet should be comfortable and practical.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, but sometimes paying more means getting better quality.

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Colour Choice

White is the predominant colour of all toilets nowadays, so if you want a coloured toilet you will most probably need to ask your supplier what is available in colours other than white.

Special Toilet Seat Designs for Those With Mobility Problems

If you have a mobility problem, look for disabled toilets including those which have a higher seat position, and consider where you will place any necessary lifting handles.

WC Style Choices

Choose a toilet style and shape. These vary from fancy Victorian styles, to minimalist modern styles. There are many style choices available so allow yourself some time to look at the ranges available before choosing your preferred style of toilet.

Water Cistern Type

Select the type of water cistern. These can be close coupled, which means attached to the back of the seat, or have a separate cistern mounted behind. This is usually a style choice, but may also relate to the available space. Close coupled generally need less space than other cistern types.

Choosing a Toilet WC Flush Volume – (Not Allowed in the EU Countries)

Flush volumes are not generally a matter of consumer choice in Europe’s EU countries nowadays. Your reputable local UK toilet supplier will provide a toilet with the current legal flush volumes built-in.

Check whether the Toilet Seat is Included as Part of the WC Plumbing Package

Find out whether the toilet seat is provided with the pedestal unit as standard.

Cheaper units will require a separate purchase of a suitable toilet seat, but more expensive brands generally include a seat tailored to the pedestal design.

When Choosing a Toilet (WC) Always Check for the Type of Discharge Fittings Needed for the Existing Drains Installed

When ordering for DIY installers you will need to take careful attention of the toilet back outlet, and how the outlet type you order, will fit with the existing drain-pipe position.

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How to Choose a Toilet – Case Study (US Example)

When it came time to remodel her bathroom, homeowner Carla did her homework.

Carla wanted a toilet that helped conserve water. “It was really important for me to get the dual flush because of the less water and I knew it would save on bills.”

While toilets have a long lifespan, you’ll eventually have to swap yours out for a new one. The Energy Policy Act in 1992 required all new toilets to be low-flow or low-flush, restricting their water usage to one-point-six gallons per flush instead of what used to be the average of three-point-five gallons per flush.

“A low-flush toilet would be anything from all the way to down to 1.28. You have dual flush toilets now that are .9 to 1.28. A dual flush toilet usually has two buttons or two types of levers on it that would be for your liquids and your waste.

Those are becoming more and more popular.” “Your options are really endless. Toilets have become very sophisticated over the years. You can find a very basic toilet for a few hundred dollars all the way up to thousands of dollars for the state of the art toilet.”

Homeowners can choose between a one or two piece toilet, a round or elongated bowl, different heights, and many additional features. “Different toilets like heated seats or wash-lets or have open and shut lids that are automatic are very desirable, they are not necessary but at the end of the day they are quite a nice feature to have those because they can actually save a lot of time.

They have dryers built onto them. They have deodorisers. So the dryer function alone saves on toilet paper usage.” Although an experienced do-it-yourself-er may be able to install a new toilet, most homeowners should hire a licensed plumber. A poor installation job can cause leaks under the flooring. “Installing a toilet in of itself, is not a real complicated job, but you have to keep in mind that a toilet can be rather heavy, especially the porcelain, so you are going to need some extra hands to help you put it into place.”.

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