|What are we talking about?
||How long does it typically take to replace
a whole toilet or part thereof?
||2 hrs cistern only, 4 hrs toilet
||Being able to turn the water off
|Questions to ask
||Is there an isolating valve? If not does
the customer know where the main stop cock is? Is there a roof tank
(in older properties toilets were often fed from the roof tank).
Make sure the cistern and pipework is accessible. In some modern
properties they are boxed in and /or tiled in which case the main
task is getting access!
There are two main types of cistern: loose
coupled meaning there is a pipe between the cistern and the toilet
bowl and close coupled, meaning the cistern sits on top of the
back of the bowl. Close coupled toilets are more common.
Many now come with dual flush mechanisms to reduce water usage.
Adjustments to the water supply pipe work
are often required. Like for like pipe connections make the job
faster. An isolating valve should be fitted to comply with water
supply regulations if one is not present. If there is no isolating
valve the water supply needs to be turned off.
Close coupled cisterns, even if the bowl
is not changed, will require a new 'doughnut' fitting (this is
the seal between the cistern and bowl).
If the toilet bowl is also to be replaced
then it is likely that a new outflow connection will be required
as the seals on these deteriorate over time.
Any issues with the stop cock could extend
the time required. Likewise if the toilet has been in situ for
a long time deteriorated pipework or fixings can extend the time
Three points of note:
- many modern toilets don't need the cistern
overflow (as they overflow into the bowl) so an old one will
need cutting back and sealing off
- new cisterns are often smaller than
the older type so think in terms of decorations if the old cistern
has been painted around
- a new toilet will differ in size from the old
one so if you have flooring cut around the toilet bowl then you will need to consider options in this regard.