Give Dad the Kingly Gift of a New Throne This Year!
When most people think about Father’s Day gift ideas, a new toilet may not be the first thing that springs to mind. And yet, a new toilet is something many dads sorely need - especially if they live in an older house that still has its original toilets. Older toilets can waste many thousands of gallons of water each year and tend to clog, leak, or malfunction with considerable frequency.
On the other hand, most new toilets are designed to use as little water as possible and are practically clog-proof. But aside from these huge advantages, many new toilets are also luxurious and offer practical benefits and built-in amenities. So read on to learn how to find the commode Dad deserves!
How To Know Dad Could Use a Toilet Upgrade
There are several ways to tell if Dad’s current throne needs to be retired. One way is by figuring out its flush rate, which is usually stamped somewhere on the toilet itself. Since 1993, federal regulations have required that modern toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Toilets made before that may use anywhere from 3 to 7 gallons per flush. No dads like wasting water, so an outdated toilet with a flush rate above 1.6 GPF has to go.
Other indicators mainly have to do with how the toilet functions. If it wobbles, has visible damage (such as cracks), runs constantly, clogs often, won’t flush properly, leaks onto the floor, or seems to need new parts or repairs every month or two, it may not be worth keeping around.
So Many Toilet Options!
Plumbing fixtures - especially toilets - have come a long way in the past few decades. There are “smart” toilets with built-in night lights and deodorizers, adjustable bidet jets, air dryers, and heated seats. Water-saving toilets use less than one gallon per flush yet work more effectively and clog less often than standard models.
There are also basic designs like wall-hung toilets installed with the tank inside the wall to save space or streamlined one-piece toilets that make cleaning a breeze. With so many toilet types and styles, it’s never been easier to find a throne fit for a king.
Remember To Measure Twice Before Buying!
The rough-in is typically the distance from the back wall to the center of the floor bolt cap. This measurement is imperative for ensuring the new toilet lines up with the drainage pipe under the floor.
It’s also helpful to measure the entire space where the new toilet is going to be installed. This way, any shelves, decorations, hardware, or accessories can be accounted for. And of course, since installing a toilet is no small task, it’s always best to hire a pro to set up the new throne.
About S and J Plumbing
The experts at S and J Plumbing have proudly served Arlington Heights, IL for years. They always provide personalized solutions to fit any budget and don’t start working until a final price is agreed upon. They also offer financing plans and round-the-clock emergency response. Call now for bathroom plumbing service!