Ask the Expert: Toilets are Serious Business!

toiletI recently caught part of an episode of This Old House where they are supposed to showcase the latest and greatest in home repair and maintenance. In this particular episode, the plumber rides into some town in Wyoming on horseback to help a homeowner install a new toilet in an unfinished bathroom. Crazy, right? So here’s the thing: by most standards, he did a fine job and that toilet installation may serve its owners without consequence for many years but, I just wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the differences between standard installs and the Half Moon “Plumbing with Purpose” installs. Toilets are the one fixture that you never want to leak, especially on the drain side. You want that stuff to go away and never return! Below I’ll show a step by step breakdown of the process and compare the This Old House (TOH) method to the “Half Moon Plumbing” (HMP) method.

1… (TOH) used a plastic anchoring ring

1… (HMP) always use a metal anchoring ring


2… (TOH)  actually did properly anchor the flange on this step

2… (HMP) properly anchor the flange to the foundation with heavy duty non-corrosive screws… a solid foundation is vital to a proper install


3… (TOH) installed toilet bolts with no additional anchors

3… (HMP) install toilet bolts with additional anchors on each side of bolts for added strength at the flanges weakest point


4… (TOH) added wax ring on this step… wax rings are impressionable and can compromise their seal when leveling the toilet

4… (HMP) add thin layer of silicone to metal flange to protect against corrosion, then add a (wax-free) sani-seal (not impressionable)


5… (TOH) installed toilet onto the bolts and tightened evenly

5… (HMP) install toilet onto bolts, LEVEL, and tighten evenly


6… (TOH) cut bolts and install cover cap

6… (HMP) cut bolts, re-tighten bolts and install cover caps

This may seem extreme, but we actually offer a 3- year warranty on some of our “Plumbing with Purpose” toilet installs. As I said earlier, toilets are serious business and we want your “business,” as well as ours, to be good!

Check us out at Half Moon Plumbing

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