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How to Change a Toilet: Things to Consider Before Buying a New Toilet

interiorIf you’re thinking of changing your toilet, there are some important things to consider before buying a new toilet. Now, there are plenty of reasons you might want to be changing your toilet. If you’re remodeling a bathroom, if the bowl has cracked, or if you want to switch to a water-saving option, there’s no limit to the reasons you might be looking for a new toilet.

Which type of toilet is right for your bathroom?

You can choose a round or elongated toilet based on the amount of space you have available in your bathroom. Most people find an elongated shape to be more comfortable because it provides a larger seating area, but ait’s important that you measure your space to figure out what you can fit. Round bowls are great budget-friendly options too.

 

Different toilets have different seat heights and depending on how tall you are, it might be in your best interest to get a taller one. The standard height is 17 inches off the floor. But chair-height toilets are 19 inches above the floor, which makes them a great choice for older people or those with limited mobility.

 

Choosing the right toilet for you also involves thinking about flush-handle locations. Depending on whether you’re right or left handed, you might want to consider the side of the toilet that the flush handle will be on. Another option as well is a flush button located on the top of the lid. These things are all based on personal preference so it will be up to you to think about what you like and dislike about your current toilet before deciding what you’d like in a new one.

What innovations should you consider?

Water saving toilets are a great new innovation that can help you save the environment and your money. The average toilet uses 3.5-7 gallons of water per flush, while new water-efficient toilets only use 1.28. Think of all the money that would save you on your water bill!

 

Now, what you have to consider next is whether or not you’re up to the task of installing it yourself. If you know your way around a tool box and are confident in your home improvement skills, than it should be no problem. But if you’re new to home repair, it might be best to hire someone to change the toilet for you!

How to prepare?

The first and most important thing you have to do before buying a new toilet is measuring your bathroom. Measure carefully and write everything down. This measuring is done with your old toilet still in place. Measure the walls, measure your current toilet, and make to take note of how much space you have between your toilet and the wall. If you buy a toilet that’s too big for your bathroom, you won’t have room to walk around it or sit comfortably on it. Choosing a new toilet is something that shouldn’t be done in a rush because it’s a fixture that will last you a long time.