Moving a toilet can be done for most properties
Is moving a toilet possible with a domestic plumber?
Moving a toilet is actually possible to be done for any property by a domestic plumber in Sydney. At the end of the day a toilet is like many other things on a property that are planned then built during construction. Of course what can make that task either quite easy or very complex is the type of situation and property involved. So for example a house that is on a solid concrete slab will require a different level of renovation work to move a toilet vs house with beam and block or suspended timber. Alternatively it may be a multi-storey unit block that would post a different set of challenges.
If you consider moving a toilet, even just a few inches it can greatly improve the space usage and function of your bathroom space. Especially in older properties most bathrooms don’t make the most ideal use of their limited space. So sometimes by relocating some of the primary items you can make big differences without completely changing everything. Sometimes people will move or relocate their toilet for aesthetic reasons like getting it centred on a wall or moving it away from a door or window.
Supply & Waste lines
When do do start thinking about moving your toilet you have to remember it isn’t just about the big white piece you sit on, there are also the supply line and waste lines that may both need to be moved as well. Whether one or both need to be done depends on how far the toilet is being removed and what types of lines you have available. Sometimes the water supply is connected to your toilet by a flexible supply line, so you might be able to get away with simply installing a slightly longer supply line tube thus avoiding the need to reposition the water line access point.
The one that can be a little more complicated is the waste water line that moves whatever you flush into the public wastewater system. In most cases there is a waste water pipe under the toilet that uses gravity to move wastewater away. Sometimes a new flange can allow for small movements without having to cut new holes in the floor. In other situations a completely new hole and adjustments to the lines need to be made, so your budget needs to allow for the toilet being moved and then repairs to the old section of the room.
Space under the floor
If you have space under your bathroom to work with then your options become much easier. If there is at least crawling space then ground floor bathrooms can be adjusted relatively easily compared to ones on a concrete slab. If the bathroom is on the first or second storey then it means needing access to walls and ceilings.
All plumbing systems also need to be able to vent. For most properties there will be a series of pipes that don’t collect or pass any water they are for venting to provide air to help water flow. They also carry smells out of the house, especially in the case of toilet vent pipes. So, when moving a toilet, you have the drain pipe alignment with the mainline sewer pipe, water supply & vent pipes. It isn’t a typical DIY job and requires a domestic plumber who is licensed and qualified.
Can you move a toilet on a concrete slab or does it need a bathroom renovation?
If your house, or in particular, your bathroom has been built on a concrete slab then to move the toilet more than a few inches means excavating the concrete to access and relocate water and waste lines. Once that has been done, the concrete foundation needs to be repaired with new sub-flooring, flooring and tiling.
As you can imagine, these additional steps add considerable cost and work involved, so in some situations may not be financially sensible. Although if you are already planning to do a complete bathroom renovation, this is the ideal time to incorporate such changes as everything would be stripped back in any case.
The Nu-Trend team are professional renovators who have the appropriate license, qualifications and experience to help you in these scenarios.
How did we move this toilet?
Nu-Trend can provide you with a qualified domestic plumber that is able to help with all types of bathroom plumbing problems. For this project our Client wanted to move their toilet in the outside bathroom, luckily they had a suspended slab and space under the house so it made access quite easy.
– The old toilet had broken but we managed to use the existing cistern to save them some money.
– We made sure the drainage stack was adjusted to work in the new position.
– We capped the existing floor hole with concrete.
– A new water point was installed and we were able to install plus commission this toilet moving project as a same day service.
The total cost for this was $2,400 plus GST and what made it easier to manage is the space under the house was enough for us to be able to move around with all facilities fairly close to where the old locations for water and drainage were.
How much does moving a toilet cost?
As you can see from the information above this will vary based on the scenario e.g property type, how far it is being moved, what is access like etc. We can provide a free quotation to have your toilet moved so you can assess your options. You may determine that a bathroom renovation is a more cost effective approach that can deliver better value long term.
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