Toilet installation in an above-ground bathroom is a simple and straightforward job. It requires very few tools, a new flange and bolts, and of course, the toilet. The worst-case scenario is the floor flange is rotted through and needs to be replaced. If the floor is in good repair, this job adds only a small amount of labor and time to the project, as well as the purchase of a new floor flange.
A more complicated project is basement installation. This job requires a special toilet that is attached to a pump and macerator sewage before it pushes it up to the main sewage line. For a basement toilet installation, you will typically purchase a back outlet toilet.
With this toilet, waste needs to be evacuated from the bowl through a back outlet and into the macerator where solid wastes are liquefied by motor driven spinning blades.
With a typical toilet installation, the most expensive item you’ll purchase is the toilet itself. The parts for the new toilet are a minimal expense, and this is true whether you purchase a utilitarian unit that costs less than $150 or a $500 designer toilet.
Purchasing a unit for a basement installation with a pump and macerator will cost significantly more. The good news is that these basement units are usually sold as one package that includes the macerator and the toilet.
Although it will cost a few hundred more for the basement toilet installation, you can save money by choosing to install it yourself.
Install The Toilet When Needed
Contractors and other professionals who offer to install bathroom fixtures often work on schedules that might be inconvenient. Installing a toilet without a contractor means that the fixture can be put into place whenever it is convenient. The toilet can be installed in less than an hour during a larger remodeling job. It can also be put into the bathroom as a placeholder and then hooked up gradually as time allows. This can make a do-it-yourself remodeling job much easier and better organized.
If a homeowner chooses to install a toilet themselves, then nearly every aspect of the placement and plumbing can be customized. There are situations where contractors are only familiar with certain brands or will only install a unit in a particular way. Homeowners who are performing the task have the option to place the toilet in any position, to make custom fittings, and even include options like handrails without complicating matters unnecessarily. Someone with just a little knowledge of home improvement can even customize the toilet itself with water-saving internal components or handles that better match the decor of the room.
A homeowner who takes on the task of installing a toilet will normally save money over a professional installation. Contractors can charge by the hour and will want extra money for supplies and moving the unit up a flight of stairs. The cost for extra parts such as a new wax ring or washers for screws are frequently inflated to account for the inconvenience that the plumber experiences. Installation at home does not cost anything for the time of the homeowner. Additionally, extra parts that are needed can be purchased inexpensively from nearby sources.
Maintenance Is Easier
A large benefit that comes from a do-it-yourself toilet installation is that every part of the toilet that connects to the main plumbing of the home will be understood. This means that repairs or renovations at a later date can be done very easily. The knowledge that is gained from the installation will also make it much easier to diagnose any problems that might occur.
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