We recently completed a toilet installation in a client’s home where the toilet wasn’t securely attached to the drain hole. Our customer had been using the toilet for over ten years, and I was surprised to see that the leak she called about was the first one she’d had. She had purchased the house with the toilet installed and had never had a problem. Yet, the only thing securing the toilet to the drain was a few rusted out bolts. When they went…so did her floor! This is just one example of what can happen with toilet installation gone wrong.
DIY Toilet Installation
We love DIY toilet installation as long as it’s done right. When it’s not done right – you could lose your flooring and if it’s on the second floor…your floor and ceiling too! Sure, there are a million tutorials online, some that make the process sound easy. What they don’t tell you about is all the things that can go wrong if you don’t have experience.
Why You Should Hire a Plumber for Toilet Installation
There are many reasons why you should hire a plumber for toilet installation. Here are a few worth noting.
A proper toilet installation requires the right tools and equipment – including spacers. My customer’s toilet didn’t have spacers, so it literally was sitting on top of her tile floor. A lack of experience also means the inability to identify potential problems which can lead to major issues and extensive damage.
Professional plumbers have knowledge and expertise necessary to complete a toilet installation successfully and quickly. Even more important, should an unknown problem occur, they’ll be able to find and correct it faster than a novice can.
What a lot of people don’t realize is how heavy a toilet is. That weight can be a major challenge when it comes to toilet installation, especially if you’re on a 2nd floor. You don’t really want to carry it up and down those steps, do you?
If you don’t know what you’re doing, a poor toilet installation can lead to plumbing emergencies that will require extensive skills and specialized equipment to fix. Obvious signs of problems include water stains, or even a flooded bathroom. Also, important to note is that just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean there isn’t a leak present. Quite often, leaks start under the floor or behind a wall.
The choice between doing it yourself and hiring a plumber involves more than dollars and cents. Because plumbers can complete the toilet installation faster than a DIYer can, they’ll save you money in the long run. Professional plumbers will have carry liability insurance. This means that if they don’t do the job right, they’ll need to take the appropriate actions to repair it. Talk about peace of mind! If you DIY, you’re responsible and will have to pay for any mistakes you make.
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