7 Mistakes You Can Make with Toilet Plumbing
Toilet plumbing can be undertaken by a person with a good knowledge of DIY. It should really be done by a professional plumber but if you feel you have the know-how to correctly install a toilet, make sure you have all the right parts and pieces. People tend to under estimate the simplicity of plumbing toilets but there are indeed plenty of things that can go horribly wrong if you do not use due care.
1 – Regulations
Local building and plumbing regulations may play a large part in the over all set up of your bathroom. If you are not sure whether your area has building codes you should check with your planning office of chamber of commerce to find out the legalities of plumbing. If you do not, you could end up having to redo the whole thing over.
2 – Alignment
Don’t get the alignment wrong. Make sure that all flanges and seals are aligned correctly from soil pipes and drains. Have the exact gradient for each pipe so that you do not get back flow and drainage coming back through your toilet. All soil down pipes should flow in a very slightly downward direction according to regulations. Also, if you do not align your toilet with the soil pipe correctly you will be prone to leaks.
3 – Teflon
Always use Teflon tape to seal the joints between pipes when you plumb in toilets. The tape is also known as plumbers tape and it offers a water tight seal between pipe joints to prevent leaks and waste from escaping. Neglecting this will inevitably cause serious water loss and can cause further problems with water damage throughout your home.
4 – Fixing the Bowl
When you set the toilet bowl in place make certain you use rubber or plastic keeper washers. Also ensure that the closet bolts are aligned correctly and the nuts are tightened properly. A loose toilet bowl will eventually wobble to breaking point and if the bowl cracks you will have same nasty repair work to undertake.
5 – Leveling the Cistern (tank)
Always level the top of the tank before you fix it to the wall. Use a spirit level to check the balance of each side and straighten the tank before you apply the fixing screws. If the tank is out of the alignment it will cause flange pressure and one side will be less secure than the other. This will cause leaks and breakages.
6 – Correct Sized Pipes
Get good advice as to the size of pipes you should fit to the plumbing of your toilet. Under sized pipes will not fit correctly and they will inevitably not remain secure. Leaks will occur and cause further damage.
7 – Shut Off Valves
Leave enough space to install toilet shut off valves. If you need to disable the toilet for any reason, this will eliminate the need to shut off the entire household water supply. You will be able to locally switch off the water supply to the toilet and deal with any issues that occur.