Bathrooms are often the rooms in your home that need to be remodeled first. Making small remodels to your bathroom is a great way to make the room more stylish and more functional at the same time. For instance, a new paint job, shower fixtures or tile floor will drastically alter any bathroom. However, these remodels can be time consuming and too expensive for some customers. There are many more affordable DIY remodels that will also update the look and functionality of your bathroom. One such smart DIY bathroom remodel is to change your toilet.
More Water Efficient Toilets
One of the most immediate advantages of investing in a new toilet is the fact that you can save water. Newer toilets are much more water efficient. The most efficient toilets earn the WaterSense label, an EPA rating for efficient toilets. For a toilet to have a WaterSense label, it must use less than 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf). If you look under the tank or lid of your toilet, the gpf should be printed. Some old toilets use over 3 gallons per flush. So you can essentially cut your toilet water usage in half with a WaterSense product. The knock-on benefit of this is the fact that you can also save some money and reduce your impact on the environment at the same time.
Installing a Toilet is Easy
To install a toilet, you do not need too many tools. All you basically need is a large plumber or monkey wrench to remove the bolts from the floor. First, you need to turn off the water and flush the toilet so the bowl is drained. There will still be water in the tank which you can scoop out with a cup or just dump out later. Remove the feed hoses from the back of the toilet and then remove the ground bolts. Most toilets have plumber's putty along the bottom edge where the base meets the ground. It is best to just rock the toilet back and forth to break the putty's seal.
To install the new toilet, you want to scrape away any excess putty left on the floor. Then, you will need plumber's putty to seal the O-ring (which should come with your new toilet) to the floor and the bottom of the toilet. Immediately tighten the ground bolts. This might cause the putty to squeeze out the side of the toilet. Simply wipe it away with a rag and wait for the putty to dry before you do anything else. It is best to let the toilet settle for a full day so the putty can dry before you reattach the hoses and turn the water back on.
When all is said and done, you will have a new, clean and energy efficient toilet! For more bathroom remodel ideas and help, contact a contractor in your area.