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Types of Toilets

Types of Toilets

One of the many ways that Plombier Montreal​ ​helps more area residents is by helping them choose the best replacement toilet for their bathrooms. Many people never even think about toilet purchases, as most commodes can last for decades with the proper care and maintenance. In fact, more often than not, when a problem arises with toilets it usually has little to do with the actual unit itself, but rather, the plumbing or fittings becoming corroded over time.

However, when it is time to choose a new toilet, how do you know you are getting the best one? There are many options available, and many homeowners buy based on the price alone. When you need a new toilet for your home, we can gladly help you choose the right one, as well as install it the right way.

Reduce Water Use

There are a surprising amount of toilet makes and models, and the decision can quickly become a confusing one. However, the best place to start is knowing what your exact needs are. In today’s modern bathrooms, many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their water usage. Because of this, it is becoming increasingly popular to find men’s urinals in at least one bathroom in the home. Because of the reduced water need to flush, this is a great choice for any bathroom remodel project.

Tankless Toilets

If you need a more traditional toilet option, the latest new style involves toilets that do not use a tank. These tankless units use fewer than four liters per flush, and their reduced size makes them an ideal candidate for a smaller half bathroom. Unfortunately, they do run a little on the pricey side, but if you are looking for ways to reduce your monthly utilities, it can be an effective way to earn the initial cost back in just a few months.

Round Bowl Toilets

Round Bowl models of the traditional toilet build is an excellent way to take up less space. Moreover, considering that the bathroom is the one room of the house that seems to become the most cramped, this is great news to anyone with less square footage than they would prefer. Traditionally, toilets come in an “elongated” bowl style, with has a larger diameter.

Rounded bowls, on the other hand, have scaled back the seat size, allowing for more walking space within the bathroom. You can even find this style with larger trap ways, which increases the flow of water and helps to reduce clogs later on. Round bowl toilets are also among the more affordable units, making them a popular choice for many.

Pressure Flow Tank

There are many homeowners, especially those with bathrooms on the second story of their home, who seem to suffer from clogs almost daily. One of the quickest ways to correct this problem is to replace the unit with a tank that utilizes a pressure flow assistance pump or a pressure assisted tank. These are the toilets that are commonly found in retail spaces, and the ones that are easily identifiable by their louder and faster flush.

How these units work is by using a secondary pump installed within the tank, the toilet can flush more efficiently. This way, clogs are far less frequent, and you are using less water by flushing less often. These are a little more expensive over traditional units, but having fewer clogs is worth it in the end.

Wall-Hung Toilets

Wall-hung toilets are an increasingly popular choice as it gives a bathroom a more “resort” or “hotel” style, as well as decreasing the amount of space needed. This toilet is suspended just off of the ground and, as the name suggests, is mounted directly on the wall.

It is recommended that this installation not be chosen unless you are building a brand new bathroom or looking to overhaul your current room; this would require redoing the flooring where the previous wax ring and plumbing work was, as well as correcting the wall where the new unit is installed. Still, the simple design and ease of cleaning makes this ideal for any new home build or bathroom renovation project.

There are many more types of toilets available. By balancing cost and focusing on your daily needs, you can find the best choice.

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DIY or Hire a Professional?

DIY or Hire a Professional?

So, you’re ready to tackle that kitchen renovation that you’ve been wanting to do for a long time!  There are many different factors and decisions you have to take into consideration, but the first, and possibly most important, is whether or not you are going to hire a professional or not.  A friend of mine, who is a kitchen remodeler in Murrieta, gave me some advice when I was looking to renovate my kitchen, so I thought I would pass it along.

Do You Tend To Stick With Something Through Completion?

So, if you’re like me, you might tend to be really motivated when you first start a project, but it tends to taper off.  I can’t tell you how many projects I have that are half done.  Just like when I’m serving up a plate of food, I tend to bite off more than I can chew!  This usually ends up with an unhappy wife, or a very frustrated me!

If you’re not really sure if this apply’s to you, maybe you could start with one or two small projects, then work your way up to bigger ones.  Instead of tackling a full-on kitchen remodel, you could start with a powder room.  If you have trouble finishing a powder room, chances are you’ll want a pro for the kitchen.

Do Strangers in Your House Bug You?

There’s no doubt about it, remodeling is dirty work!  Especially in the demo phase, there will be dirt and sawdust everywhere!  If you add having total strangers walking around your house, some people might get overwhelmed.  Yes, they are there to help, but it can also be total chaos.

There’s no way to avoid the mess, but if you really don’t want to add strangers in the mix, you might want to consider the DIY route.

Do You Have the Time?

Do you have the time necessary to devote to this?  A lot of people underestimate the amount of time it takes when taking on these projects.  What you thought would be done in a couple weeks, could take a couple months.

If you’re able to take some time off of work to really devote to this, maybe it’s not an issue.  However, if you are planning on spending a few hours a week working on it, you may get overwhelmed very quickly.

You also need to consider the inconvenience of being without a kitchen for this time.  If you can have your kitchen back in half the time if you hire professionals, it may well be worth it.

Do You Have the Skills?

Let’s be honest, youtube can only take you so far in learning these skills.  There has never been a time when it was so easy to learn new skills.  Having said that, some things just take practice.  No matter how many videos you watch of cutting and laying tile, it takes a lot of practice to perfect.  When tackling a kitchen remodel, there are a lot of different skills required.  You’ll need to know cabinetry, plumbing, flooring, electrical, and countertops, just to name a few.

Maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to take the time to learn all these skills.  If so, that’s great, but most people don’t.  Most people just want to hire the professionals, or they think they can do it, then wind up in way over their heads.

This is the time to put away your pride, and really decide if you have what it takes to get the job done.

What is Your Budget?

Most people who end up doing it themselves, do so because they have to.  Their budget forces them to take on the project themselves.  If this is the case, there are a couple of options.

The first one is to save.  If you really don’t think you have the time, skills, or motivation to complete the project, then wait until you can save enough to hire a pro.

The second option is to find a friend or family member to help.  Maybe you need to swallow your pride and reach out to your father-in-law to help with the project.

Either way, don’t take on a project you’re not comfortable with just because you think you don’t have any other options.  Do the smart thing and plan.

 

In conclusion, I hope you got some useful information out of this article.  I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of people getting in over their heads with these projects.  Then, after wasting all that time and money, you have to still hire a pro to come in and finish the job.  Even worse, you have to hire a pro to come in and tear out everything you’ve done and start over.  So take your time, be honest with yourself, and come up with a plan to get it done right.