Service, Installation, and Repair of Toilets & Commodes
Talk about changes and choices, it seems every day someone is
re-inventing the toilet, this makes it extremely hard to keep up with and to stock the proper parts that used to be fairly universal. There have been so many law enforced changes to reduce the amount of water usage per flush, which has triggered the “back to the drawing board mentality” so to speak and manufacturers are constantly trying to invent some new feature or gimmick.
We work hard to try to keep our warehouse and service vans stocked up on the old style and new style toilets that we see in the field and if we don’t have it we can typically get the parts within a few days tops, depending on the item and availability. Often a toilet can be repaired provided there is not a crack in the vitreous china, if a toilet has frequent failures or stoppages due to the quality or age than often times a replacement is the best option.
Just FYI, some of the Home Center toilets sold require those specific toilet brand parts, we as a licensed professional plumber do not stock those parts, and have experienced occasions when the Home Center themselves don’t have particular items for the toilets they promote. Our labor time to track down parts on some of the Home Center toilets we described will be applied to our service call.
If we provide a particular toilet or any fixture for that matter we will most certainly carry or get the part that we will stand behind, and haul away the old fixture that we’ve provided to the job site.
With all that being said, there are some major improvements in technology as well, plus the styles and the choices have vastly improved. The prices have become much more competitive than in the past, but like with any other plumbing item we discuss to our customers, it’s always wise to choose a proven name brand that has been around and where replacement parts are easy to find.
Toilets with a glazed trap way is the norm these days designed to provide a smoother surface to reduce internal blockages.
We suggest the American Standard Cadet Pro or Champion elongated or round toilets or the Kohler Cimarron toilet, but both of these manufacturers offer other outstanding and higher quality styles and price ranges to consider.
Comfort height toilets are available with most toilet designs now, and a recommendation we suggest unless your household consists of smaller children because it is much easier to lower down on and back up from as all get older.
The slow-close toilet seat feature is a really nice idea for those of us that sometimes neglect to close the seat and lid.
The colors that used to be so common in the past are much more subdued these days with the basic white that never goes out of style or the American Standard color called “linen” or the Kohler color ”biscuit“ which is a classic off white shade in color.