Toilets are so important in your home and it is vital that they stay in good condition and in working order. However, toilets do not last forever. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a toilet and it is important not to ignore any of the following before you end up with a non-functioning toilet.
- How long you have had your toilet.
- Any cracks that may appear anywhere on the toilet.
- If there is any water around your toilet.
- If the toilet moves when you sit on it.
- If the handle needs to be jiggled to stop the water running.
- If your toilet takes a long time to fill between flushes.
Selecting a New Toilet
Today there is such a large range in toilets and so it is important that you choose a style that best suits your bathroom and available space. Also, as toilets are not all the same size you will need to measure the distance from the finished wall to the centre of the toilet’s floor drain or waste outlet.
Different Styles of Toilets
Close coupled toilets: (the most traditional types of toilets, floor standing unit with a visible cistern behind the seat). These toilets suit most bathrooms due to the shapes and styles available.
Back to wall toilets: these are more modern with the cistern hidden behind a partition wall or furniture unit. They are great for smaller Ensuite or under the stair’s bathrooms.
Wall hung toilets: (these toilets appear to float above the floor with no visible cistern or pedestal. They are easy to clean, space savers, beautiful designed for any modern bathroom)
High level toilets: (these toilets have the cistern mounted high up on a wall, with a long flush pipe that connects to the pad. They come with a chain pull flush)
Contemporary toilets: (they sit flush to the wall with no plumbing on display, with clean, precise lines and simple shapes. They usually have a push button, dual water-saving flushes).
In the late-19th century, a London plumbing impresario named Thomas Crapper manufactured one of the first widely successful lines of flush toilets. Crapper did not invent the toilet, but he did develop the ballcock, an improved tank-filling mechanism still used in toilets today. Crapper’s name would become synonymous with toilets.
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