When renovating your bathroom, check out the wide selection of Water Saving  toilets at Builders Surplus Louisv

Did you know Toilets consume nearly 30 percent of the total water used in homes, making them the biggest water hogs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fortunately, replacing an older 3.5-gallon-per-flush (gpf) toilet with a newer 1.6 gpf model or even higher-efficiency toilet can significantly help to conserve water -- and lower a consumer's water bill.

  • Choose a toilet with a rough-in equivalent to the existing toilet. You can check this by measuring the distance from the wall behind the toilet to the center of the drain.  The standard distance is 12 inches, but 10 inches or 14 inches may be necessary.  If the existing toilet hasn't been removed, determine the rough-in by measuring to the middle of the bolts on the base of the toilet. We carry the standard 12" rough in at Builders Surplus.
  • One-piece vs. two-piece. Two-piece toilets with a separate tank and bowl are more common. They are also less expensive than one-piece toilets, but typically require purchasing the seat separately. One-piece toilets won't leak between the bowl and tank or have a gap that's difficult to clean.
  • Compare round vs. elongated bowl shape. Elongated bowls are usually 2 inches longer and more comfortable; however, round bowls may work better in a cramped space. Elongated bowls are recommended by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for seniors with disabilities, and many people find them more comfortable.
  • A taller rim height may be easier to use. The standard rim height (measured from the floor to the bowl rim) is 14 to 15 inches, but many bowls are taller to meet ADA standards. In general, adults find the taller bowl height more convenient, but children may find it harder to use.
  • "Complete packages" have everything for installation. They include everything consumers need to install the toilet -- a seat, wax ring and hardware.
  • Colors cost more. Although most toilets come in several color choices, anything other than white may cost as much more.