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Flush Away Your Toilet Troubles with By The Book Plumbing: Trusted Experts in Toilet Repair!

At By The Book Plumbing, we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch toilet repair and installation services to our valued customers. With James Smith, a master-certified plumber at the helm, you can trust that your toilet concerns are in the hands of a highly skilled professional who possesses an unwavering commitment to excellence. Our team’s dedication to providing exceptional workmanship, combined with our extensive experience in the field, makes us the ideal choice for all your toilet repair needs.

What sets us apart is our genuine passion for what we do. We understand the frustration and inconvenience that comes with a malfunctioning or faulty toilet, which is why we go above and beyond to ensure swift and effective solutions. Our plumber’s expertise in toilet repair and installation is second to none, allowing us to tackle a wide range of issues with precision and efficiency. Moreover, our commitment to integrity and outstanding customer service means you can rely on us to provide honest assessments, transparent pricing, and respectful interactions at all times. When it comes to your toilet, choose By The Book Plumbing for unparalleled expertise and reliable service that exceeds expectations.

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Everything You Could Ever Want to Know About Toilet Repair and Replacement

Toilets are essential fixtures in every home, but they can also be the source of headaches when they malfunction. Repairing or replacing a toilet can be intimidating, especially if you’re not familiar with plumbing. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss common toilet problems and solutions, signs that you need a toilet replacement, how to choose the right toilet for your home, the installation process, and tips for maintaining your toilet. So let’s dive in!

Common Toilet Problems and Solutions

Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet is one of the most common and frustrating problems homeowners face. The usual culprits are excessive toilet paper or non-flushable items. To fix this issue, use a plunger to create a seal around the drain and apply forceful plunges to dislodge the clog. If that doesn’t work, you may need to use a toilet auger or call a professional plumber.

Running Toilet

A running toilet is when water continuously flows into the bowl after flushing. This problem often occurs due to a worn-out flapper or an issue with the fill valve. To resolve this, replace the flapper or adjust the water level in the tank, so it doesn’t overflow into the overflow tube.

Leaking Toilet

A leaking toilet can waste water and cause damage to your flooring. Leaks typically occur at the base of the toilet, the tank, or the water supply valve. Identify the source of the leak and replace the wax ring, tighten the bolts, or replace the faulty valve, as needed.

Broken Flush Handle

A broken flush handle is a minor but annoying problem. If the handle is loose or not working, check the lift chain inside the tank. It may be disconnected or require adjustment. If the handle itself is broken, you’ll need to replace it.

Signs You Need a Toilet Replacement

Frequent Clogs

If your toilet is frequently clogging, it may be due to an outdated design or internal damage. In such cases, it’s wise to consider replacing the toilet with a more efficient model.

Cracks in the Bowl or Tank

Cracks in the toilet bowl or tank can lead to leaks and potential water damage. If you notice any cracks, it’s time to replace your toilet before the problem worsens.

High Water Bills

Older toilets tend to use more water per flush, which can lead to higher water bills. If you notice an increase in your water bill, consider upgrading to a more efficient toilet to save both water and money.

Choosing the Right Toilet for Your Home

Types of Toilets

There are several types of toilets available, including gravity-feed, pressure-assisted, and dual-flush toilets. Gravity-feed toilets are the most common, using the force of gravity to flush waste. Pressure-assisted toilets use air pressure to provide a more powerful flush. Dual-flush toilets offer two flushing options, one for liquid waste and another for solid waste, allowing you to save water.

Toilet Efficiency

Toilet efficiency is measured in gallons per flush (GPF). Modern toilets are designed to use less water, with most using 1.6 GPF or less. High-efficiency toilets use 1.28 GPF or less. Choosing a more efficient toilet can save water and reduce your water bill.

Toilet Bowl Shapes and Sizes

Toilet bowls come in various shapes and sizes, including round, elongated, and compact elongated designs. Round bowls are more space-saving, while elongated bowls provide additional comfort. Choose a toilet bowl that fits well in your bathroom and meets your comfort preferences.

Toilet Installation Process

Removing the Old Toilet Before installing a new toilet, you’ll need to remove the old one. Begin by turning off the water supply and draining the tank and bowl. Next, disconnect the water supply line and unscrew the nuts holding the toilet to the floor. Carefully lift the toilet off the flange and set it aside.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Toilet

Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning helps prevent the buildup of bacteria, mineral deposits, and unpleasant odors. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a toilet brush to scrub the bowl, and wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth.

Preventing Clogs

To avoid clogs, only flush toilet paper and human waste. Avoid flushing items like paper towels, wet wipes, and feminine hygiene products.

Inspecting for Leaks

Regularly inspect your toilet for leaks, paying attention to the base, tank, and water supply line. If you notice any moisture or damage, address the issue promptly to prevent further problems.


Toilet repairs and replacements may seem daunting, but with this comprehensive guide, you’re well-equipped to handle common issues and make informed decisions. Remember to choose an efficient toilet that fits your space and comfort preferences, maintain your toilet through regular cleaning and inspections, and consult a professional plumber when in doubt.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our company prefers the Viper and Avalanche toilets from Gerber.

The Gerber Viper and Avalanche both come with a 15 year warranty on internal components for residential installations to the original homeowner. Gerber also provides a limited lifetime warranty on its Vitreous China for residential installations to the original homeowner (against manufacturer defects). When compared to other competitors that offer a 5 or 10 year warranty, we feel that Gerber truly stands behind their products and produce the best warranty in the plumbing industry. (

Texas House Bill 2667 set forth a requirement that residential toilets have no more than 1.28 gallons of water per flush (GPF) in order to save water through the state. Other states that adopted this standard include New York, California, and Georgia. The good news is that toilet manufacturers have greatly increased the flushing power compared to when low flow toilets first became mandated. Many manufacturers have increased the size of the flush valve opening to allow a greater amount of water to flush the toilet compared to the standard 2 inch flapper that has been a staple of toilets for decades.

For flushing power, the best way to judge a toilet is off of it’s MaP score. MaP testing is a third party agency that tests the flushing power of toilets by using soybean paste and documents how well the toilet is able to flush varying deposits. The current highest rating is anything over 1,000 grams, such as the Gerber Viper or Gerber Avalanche toilets. (

Can you install a toilet I picked out from a Home Imrpovement Store! Yes! We can install customer provided toilets, although we do not provide any warranty on customer provided materials.

Toilets typically last 10-15 years, but some signs, like frequent clogs or cracks, may indicate that it’s time for a replacement earlier.

While it’s possible to install a new toilet yourself, if you’re not confident in your skills or encounter any issues, it’s best to consult a professional plumber to ensure a proper installation.

The cost of a new toilet can range from $100 to $1,000 or more, depending on the type, brand, and features. Installation costs are typically between $100 and $300, though this can vary depending on your location and the complexity of the job.

Some signs of a leaking toilet include water pooling around the base, a constantly running toilet, or increased water bills. To check for a leak, you can also add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and wait 15-20 minutes. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.


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$639 Average Toilet Replacement Cost

a) Price includes 5% discount when paid with cash or check
b) Does not include any potential repairs or service on sewer flange underneath toilet
c) Includes new wax ring, water supply line, water shut off valve, Regular wooden seat, and standard height elongated Gerber Viper toilet.
d) Warranty: 2 years labor against manufacturer defects, 15 year warranty on parts.
e) If taller ADA height toilet is preferred, price would adjust to $689.