GUIDE TO TOILET REPLACEMENT

So! It’s time to update your old toilet. 

 

If you’re sick of wasting water, expensive water bills or unsightly discoloured toilets in your home – this guide is for you!  Whether you have a leaking toilet, discoloured toilet, broken toilet, water wasting toilet, ugly toilet or you’re just looking to upgrade, this guide will help you to understand your options when shopping for a new toilet.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A NEW TOILET

  1. What style of toilet do you currently have?
  2. What style of toilet do you want?
  3. Where is the existing inlet and outlet?
  4. WELS Rating – how much water is your current toilet?
  5. WELS Rating – how much water would a new toilet use?
  6. Plastic or ceramic?

Have a think about these before you call the plumber. Doing so will ensure you make the best decision for your home, your water bill and the environment,

 

Read on for all the answers!

WATER USAGE TIP

Look out for the WELS rating on your new toilet. Older toilets can flush up to 13 litres per flush! You can cut this down to 3 litres with a water efficient toilet. Not only good for the environment but also good for your wallet!

UNDERSTANDING YOUR TOILET

 

EVERY TOILET HAS 2 MAIN COMPONENTS

 

The cistern (or water tank) and the pan (that you sit on). The cistern holds enough water so that when you release the water, it will flush away what is inside the pan. Cisterns are always connected to the pan but the connection style varies from toilet to toilet.

ABOVE: Toilet showing the cistern and pan. 

WHERE DOES THE WATER COME IN? 

 

With most toilets, the water comes in from the bottom of the cistern (this is called a bottom inlet) or from behind the wall and into the back of your toilet (this is called a back inlet).

Back inlets allow you to conceal the pipe where water enters your toilet, they look great but make it harder to swap or replace your cistern without moving the pipe behind the wall also.

Bottom inlets allow for an easier swap/replacement with minimal pipe moving and more available options.

WHERE DOES THE WATER GO OUT? 

 

There are two possible ways water and waste can exit your toilet. Through a pipe in the wall (this is called a P-Trap toilet) or through a pipe into the floor (this is called an S-Trap toilet). When choosing a new toilet, it’s crucial you get this right.

ABOVE: Left: P Trap outlet. Right: S Trap outlet

CERAMIC VS PLASTIC

A simple and cost effective way to uplift the look of an old toilet is to upgrade any plastics to ceramic finishes. Plastic cisterns and seats can discolour over time and can make your bathroom look older than it is. These can be replaced by close coupled pans and back to wall close coupled pans but for a more cost effective option, consider just changing the cistern and the seat!

STYLES OF TOILETS

 

BEHIND THE WALL / CONCEALED CISTERNS

When the cistern is concealed behind a wall and the pan is in front of the wall. Concealed cisterns are a great way to create visual space in tight spaces and can create a shelf in the bathroom – great for storage!

Concealed cisterns are a great option for those renovating a bathroom, building a new home or adding a bathroom extension. They’re not a simple replacement option for other toilet styles.

ABOVE: CONCEALED CISTERN. THE CISTERN LIVES BEHIND THE CHROME BUTTON PLATE ABOVE THE PAN.

CLOSE COUPLED CISTERN

When the cistern and the pan are bolted together and both are in front of wall. Water flows from the cistern directly into pan without an extra pipe.

ABOVE: CLOSE COUPLED TOILET

CLOSE COUPLED BACK TO WALL

When the pan goes completely back to the wall. Very popular option, looks great and can make a tired bathroom look new again. Here is a picture that one of our inner west plumbers installed a few weeks ago that turned out great!

ABOVE: BEFORE/AFTER. Left shows the before linked toilet, right shows the back to wall close coupled toilet. No pipe changes needed, just a straight swap! 

LINKED / CONNECTOR SUITE

When the cistern and the pan are separate and they are joined by a pipe that is sometimes covered (see picture below) and sometimes not (see picture above). Link suites generally aren’t the prettiest option, but ceramic options and linking pieces can improve their appearance.

ABOVE: Linked suite before and after. Left: Discoloured plastic cistern and toilet suite. Right:  new ceramic cistern and new plastic suite. 

We’ve done hundreds of toilet repairs, replacements and upgrades for homes in Sydney’s inner west and inner suburbs. Check out some of great reviews below!

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    Glen B.
    7/20/2021

    I have already recommended this business as I couldn’t believe how pleasant and prompt they were. Toilet fixed perfectly, cleared and cleaned up after work completed,but best of all they were in contact with me throughout the job. Thanks againServices: Find & repair leak, Repair shower, Repair faucet, Repair toilet,... read more

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    7/10/2021

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    7/10/2021

    Sandy was great - upfront, easy to deal with and efficientService: Repair toilet

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    7/10/2021
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    6/22/2021

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    5/28/2021

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  • Sandy, Tom and Caleb are terrific guys and very trustworthy. They are very reliable and their work is great. Will definitely use them again and would thoroughly recommend them.

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    Sandy, Tom and Caleb are terrific guys and very trustworthy. They are very reliable and their work is great. Will definitely use them again and would thoroughly recommend them.Services: Unclog drain, Repair faucet, Repair shower, Install toilet

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    5/10/2021

    My Home Plumbing offer an extraordinary service. Business Co-ordinator, Hannah, has immaculate phone and customer service skills. Sandy, The Plumber, was personable, professional and an expert in his field. Exceptional experience all round. Thank you.Services: Find & repair leak, Repair toilet

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    5/10/2021

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