Most toilets have a rough-in measurement of 10, 12, or 14 inches. The average American home toilet will have a rough-in of 12 inches. When replacing a toilet, it is better to copy the dimensions of the old toilet so the new one can fit in the dimensions of the previous toilet. In an area of the house or building that has never had a toilet installed, getting a plumbing configuration will provide the rough-in measurement and other useful information. Another part of the toilet that has an effect on fitting, is the toilet bowl’s width and length. The average toilet bowl has a length of 16 to 17 inches. Yet, some people prefer more comfort thus obtaining an elongated toilet; which generally has a length of 18 to 19 inches. Elongated toilet bowls can be more comfortable, but they also consume more space. In smaller restrooms elongated bowls can interfere with the restroom layout. On the other hand, width will not have a large impact on bowl fit because both regular and elongated bowls share widths of 14 to 14 ½ inches. The standard height of a toilet, falls between 15 to 17 inches above the ground. Nonetheless, not all homes and facilities are the same. There are individuals with disabilities, limited mobility, or require wheelchair access. A higher toilet is more convenient for these individuals. These toilets tend to be around 17 to 19 inches high off the floor. The last item related to toilet fit is the flush lever. It is silly to think that the flush lever takes a role in toilet fitting, but some people prefer the flush lever on a certain side. Before buying a toilet examine if the lever will be on the left or right. Furthermore, some toilets do not have a lever but instead a flush button at the top of the toilet tank. All of these aspects should be taken into consideration, when determining the best toilet fit.
What toilets do plumbers recommend?
Plumbers do not have specific toilets to recommend, instead recommend certain qualities to take into consideration when obtaining a new toilet. To be a good toilet, it has to have a strong flush performance. For example, children often drop toys and other small objects into the toilet; sometimes those objects go past the area of retrieval. A strong flush has the capability to flush the object down the drain without any risk of clogging. Rather a weak flush can sometimes have difficulties flushing down toilet paper. There is a misconception that water saving toilets are not as powerful as regular toilets. Water saving toilets have the same power as regular toilets, and they help lower the water bill. The reason behind this is that because the toilet uses less water it needs a stronger flush to do the same job but more efficiently. Older toilet models waste 7 gallons of water per flush, while newer water saving models require 1.6 gallons per flush. On the other hand pressure assisted toilets have a mini compression tank inside the toilet water tank. These toilets are recommended by plumbers because they provide more force when flushing, instead of just relying on gravity to push the waste down. Another valued quality in toilets are single piece units over dual piece units. Single piece units are easier to replace and install. A dual piece mechanism requires a detachment between the tank and bowl, before it can be replaced or installed. Any toilet that possesses all of the positive characteristics previously mentioned, is a toilet recommended by plumbers.