RGV KVEO (NEWSCENTER 23) — A toilet is not a toilet these days.
In today's Angie's' list report, the many features you can add to your bathroom.
When it came time to remodel her bathroom, homeowner carrie tamminga did her homework.
Tamminga wanted a toilet that helped conserve water.
"It was really important for me to get the dual flush because of the less water and i knew it would save on bills."
Flush after flush, your toilet goes through gallons of water each day.
That puts stress on rubber seals, copper pipes and the porcelain bowl.
While toilets have a long lifespan, you'll eventually have to swap yours out for a new one.
The energy policy act in 1992 required all new toilets to be low flow or low flush, restricting their water usage to 1.6 gallons per flush instead of what used to be the average of 3.5 gallons per flush.
"A low flush toilet would be anything from 1.6 all the way down to 1.28. You have dual flush toilets now that are .9 to 1.28. A dual flush usually has two buttons or two types of levers on it that would be for your liquids and your watste. Those are becoming more popular."
Homeowners can choose between a one or two piece toilet, a round or elongated bowl, different heights and many other features.
Although an experienced do it yourself may be able to install a new toilet, most homeowners should hire a licensed plumber.
A poor installation job can cause leaks under the flooring.
"Installing a toilet in of itself, is not a complicated job, but you have to keep in mind that a toilet can be rather heavy, especially the porcelain, so you are going to need some extra hands to help you put it in place."
Angie's list says a plumber typically requires an hour or two to install a toilets, and expect to pay between 125$ and 260$ for the installation.