REPLACING A TOILET OR BASIN & PEDESTAL

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REPLACING A TOILET OR BASIN & PEDESTAL JAREDA | Author: Tom Norris

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Replacing a toilet or basin is generally considered to be an easy enough job for a professional plumber providing they have access to stop cocks and zone valves to cut the water supply before disconnecting.

In some cases it may be necessary to drain down the entire hot and cold water system just to effect a replacement simply because there is no way to turn off the water. In the event that this is the situation with your property do make sure to instruct the plumber to install a new stopcock so that you don’t end up in this situation again as simple jobs prove costly if you have to drain down the system each time.

When it comes to replacing the w/c the most important element is the waste as it is not flexible so the waste of the new w/c has to match up or it will mean that the plumber has to make alterations to the soil-stack and that will bump up costs significantly.

If the waste for your loo goes downwards, rather than out the back, then it would be wiser to let the plumber select and provide the new toilet as it will need to match up with the waste outlet and a decent plumber will have the knowledge and skills to choose the best option.

When it comes to replacing a basin or basin and pedestal this is considered to be one of the easiest jobs a plumber can do as the hot and cold supplies can be connected with flexible hoses meaning there is very little plumbing work involved. The plumber does however have to take great care with the new fittings as they chip easily and if the fixings screws are over tightened then it is a disaster as the fitting will have to be replaced at considerable expense.

When changing a toilet or basin it is always wise to use a qualified registered plumber for a trouble free job. For example, you don’t want an amateur plumber changing the toilet and dropping a big section of the old toilet own the waste and blocking up the drain in the process. Neither do you want a heavy-handed plumber over tightening any of the screws or forgetting to put in any of the seals as this could lead to big problems further down the line.

We always recommend that you use only registered qualified plumbers such as the ones on our network who are all registered with Gas Safe.


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