Full-service plumbers can replace old toilets with new ones. Experienced handy people can also do the job if it’s a straightforward matter of pulling the old fixture and installing the new one. People who are not experienced with this kind of DIY project are better off hiring a professional who knows the specific steps to follow. The installer must shut off the water supply to the toilet, remove the water that may still be left in the old bowl or tank, and physically disconnect and move the oil toilet. In addition, the installer must set anchor bolts and install a new wax ring to keep the new toilet secure and ensure that water won’t leak from below. Nationwide, the average cost for toilet installation ranges from $70–$190, not including the cost of the toilet itself. Toilets cost $100 and up, depending on flushing options, style, additional amenities and the manufacturer.
Standard toilets are made of two pieces—the bowl and pedestal combination and the tank, which sits on top of the bowl. Single-piece toilets are also available, in which the bowl, pedestal and tank are fused together. Single-piece toilets are more expensive, but they are also more efficient and require less maintenance.
Two standard types of flushing systems are most common in the United States:
Gravity flush uses the pull of gravity combined with the swirling action of the water draining.
- Pressure assist uses pressurized air to force water into the bowl, which reduces clogs.
Pressure-assisted flush toilets cost more than gravity-assisted ones and may cost more to install.
Many full-service plumbing services won’t come to your location to install a fixture or repair a plumbing issue for less than $200. For customers who have already purchased a toilet, Do Right Rooter & Plumbing Experts charges $225. Pierce County Plumbing charges $250. If customers purchase a toilet through their plumber, prices start around $300 or $400. Toilets with additional features, such as assisted flushing, cost more, depending on how much more complicated the fixture is and if it contains more parts.
Save money by purchasing the toilet yourself. However, find out how much more the plumber charges to supply the toilet because picking out a toilet and other fixtures, plus transporting them to the installation site, takes time and may be frustrating. The extra charge may be worth it.