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How to Choose a Toilet

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Newly installed toilet by Flat Rate

Any Milwaukee plumber will tell you – not all toilets were created equal!   When replacing your toilet, consider it an investment; it’s one of the most important items in your house.  Let us show you how to choose a toilet that will fit your budget, your design, and you!

Toilet Flow
Low-flow toilets that use 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) or less are the federal standard.  While low-flow toilets got a bad rep early on (They rarely worked with just one flush), manufacturers have tweaked the design but using larger trap-ways to prevent clogging and larger flush valves that allow more power behind the water.

Higher Quality Equals Higher Cost
You can’t expect a powerful flush from cheap toilets.  Toilets are one of the most used items in your home – you want it to last.

Unique Parts
Custom seats and unusual flush mechanisms add a cool factor, but they’ll cost you time, money and frustration if they ever need replacing.

Finding the Perfect Fit

There are hundreds of thousands of toilet designs, but the standard rough-in distance (distance from the finished wall to the center for the toilet drain) is 12 inches.  Width sizes are about as diverse as the designs, but no matter what size you choose, measure your bathroom space – twice.

One vs Two Part Toilets

In a two-piece toilet, the tank bolts to the top of the bowl.  This toilet is generally less expensive.  One-piece toilets have an integral tank and bowl.  These can cost more, but are easier to keep clean.


Whether you’re replacing your toilet as part of a bathroom remodel or simply because it’s broken, our experts at Flat Rate Home Services can help!  Call us or schedule online today!