Pedestal sink installed in bathroom
Your bathroom is all about water and keeping it moving. Tub and sink fixtures,
faucets, and pipes can spring a leak. Generally speaking, a quicker fix means
fewer ongoing problems with moisture and mold. Andrews Plumbing has refitted
bathroom plumbing, renovated bathrooms, and affected plumbing repairs many
times. We have unclogged and repaired running toilets to keep waste flowing away
from your home or business. Call us at 260-724-2980 BEFORE your small leak becomes a big
Toilet Repair & Installation
If you are considering toilet replacement there are many options from which to
choose. Some are worth the extra money, some are not. Andrews Plumbing offers
professional toilet installation and repair, and can make recommendations on
manufacturers and models since we have installed many different models. Repair services
include clogged toilets, running toilets, and more.
Water Efficiency & Flushing Power
Modern toilets use up to 30% less water but may or may not have the flushing
power to remove all waste to the sewer line in one flush. Current toilets must
meet the maximum guideline of 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Some environmental
activists feel that it's time to lower that threshold to 1.28 gallons per flush.
You can visit the WaterSense, an EPA Partnership Program or MaP, Maximum
Performance, to see the results of their tests, and compare the flushing power
of most toilets on the market. These results will differ from what retailers may
use in their advertising. Be aware that some stores may use their own
proprietary ratings which have nothing to do with these official testing sites
and cannot be compared to other stores, WaterSense or MaP.
Many high-efficiency toilets are sold in two parts, with the tank and bowl sold separately. When components combine to make a WaterSense labeled
product, tanks should include the words "When used in combination with [bowl
model number/name]" in close proximity to the label, and similarly with bowl
labeling. Only the combinations provided on the WaterSense Web site have been
certified to bear the WaterSense label.
Traditionally, toilets have used gravity-assisted power to move waste and water
though your plumbing and out to the sewer line. Some toilets will have no
problems with this process, while others will struggle to move waste as
expected. Some toilets will come with a pressure-assisted flush feature which
infuses pressurized air into the process to insure all waste is removed.
Pressure-assisted flushing usually costs a little more, and includes an
unexpected noise factor.
Toilet Bowl Size & Custom Features
Card themed urinals
Other toilet options include toilet bowl size, round, traditional oval, or
elongated. A toilet with a round bowl is a great choice for small spaces, the
elongated is generally considered to be roomy and more comfortable than the
traditional oval. When you choose to move away from the traditional oval, there
are considerations. Toilet seats are not interchangeable between the three
shapes, and sometimes toilet seats that fit the traditional oval offer the best
selection of colors and materials. Regardless of the shape you choose, you
should measure the rough-in, or the distance between your wall and the center of
the drain, to insure no changes need to be made to your current plumbing. If a
toilet installation kit is not included with your toilet you will need a wax
ring, closet bolts, toilet connector, torpedo level, adjustable wrench, and a
Toilet height is another feature we see more and more. Traditionally toilets have
been 15" tall. Current ADA standards at 17 - 19" tall and are sometimes referred
to as chair height. Higher toilets are better for older people, or those who
must transfer from a wheelchair or walker to the toilet. Some families opt for
the higher toilet due to comfort or need.
When you see custom features like unique shapes and sizes, or proprietary
flushing mechanisms be aware that those toilets will usually cost more to repair
and that the part may only be available from the manufacturer at a premium
Professional Installation & Repair
Andrews Plumbing provides professional toilet installation and repair services.
We have cleared clogs, and retrieved mystery items
flushed down the toilet by adventurous children! Andrews is also willing to help
you navigate the EPA standards, features, choices, and ins and outs of toilets
to enable you to make a good decision on a toilet that will suite your family
and existing plumbing.