How Toilets Work

If there's one appliance we take for granted in our homes, it's the toilet. And it's one of the most used, too. Modern toilets have been designed to be efficient and work for years, but when something goes wrong, it can be an urgent problem.

Toilets are really a marvel of simple engineering. A tank full of water, a flush mechanism inside the tank with a handle on the outside, and water. Gravity moves the flushed water and waste out of the pipes and into the sewer system. Simple.  And yet...things can, and do, go wrong.

Sometimes the internal flushing components wear down and the toilet won't flush properly.  Leaks sometimes develop in the water line where it enters the tank, or at the seal line where the tank joins the bowl. A leak inside the tank cause the water to run, draining from the tank into the bowl and down the drain. When that happens, the tank water level keeps dropping, causing fresh water to run into the tank.

When you see water running onto your bathroom floor, you need to call a plumber, pronto. But some leaks, like the inside tank leak, doesn't wet the floor. Ignore it and you waste tens of thousands of gallon of water annually. It's actually cheaper to call a plumber in to fix it.

Old Versus New

An older toilet uses 3-4 gallons of water with each flush, while new low-flow toilets use less than half that amount. (They can save an average household over 20,000 gallons of water a year!)

Newer toilets are built with larger bowls and larger drains. That helps efficiently clean the bowl with less water. Some newer models also use air pressure to force the water through the bowl, providing even more cleaning power. You can also get dual-flush models, with separate flush cycles for solids or liquids.

Ready to Replace a Toilet?

Maybe you're ready to update a bathroom, or maybe you want to conserve water. Perhaps the toilet in your home is simply an uncomfortable shape. Customers choose to replace their toilets for a variety of reasons. We will show you the options available to match your taste and your budget.

Most consumers don't realize that the inner workings of a toilet may affect price. Lower quality toilets often have a porous, unglazed trapway, the curved passage at the base of the bowl, near the rear. The trapway runs to the exterior drain, and a smooth, glazed trapway allows waste to flow more freely than an unglazed one.  We'll show you the options, and let you decide what works best for your needs.

Of course, we connect all plumbing to code, and haul off the old toilet and clean up all job-related material.

The choice is up to the homeowner, but a newer toilet will always save you money in the long run.

Need A New Toilet or A Repair?

Give us a call at  970 381-7379, or drop us an email. 

Our expert plumbers will be happy to discuss the options with you, and repair or replace your toilet.