How Much Does a Toilet Installation Cost in New York?
February 28, 2018
If you’re in the market for a new toilet or need to replace an old toilet, you’re probably wondering how much this will cost you.
Well, the cost of a toilet installation in New York varies from $600 to over $900. The average cost of a toilet installation is $750.
You see, the overall price (cost of the toilet + cost of installation labor) depends on:
The toilet itself
The installation job itself
We’ll explain exactly how those 2 factors affect your toilet install price…
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Cost factor #1: The toilet itself
So you’re ready to install a new toilet? Well the first step is to choose the toilet you want. And when it comes to this step, there are quite a few decisions to make (and those decisions dictate just how much you’ll spend on your toilet).
You see, the cost of the toilet (not including installation) depends on your choice of:
The bowl shape
The flushing efficiency
Let’s take a closer look at how to choose the right toilet for your needs.
Choosing the toilet bowl shape
How this choice affects pricing: “Round” toilet bowls are typically less expensive than “elongated” toilet bowls.
Two options exist regarding your toilet bowl shape:
Round shape: Round-shaped toilet bowls are smaller in size (roughly 25 to 28” from the wall). So they are a great option for children or smaller bathrooms.
Elongated shape: Elongated toilet bowls are slightly larger in size (typically 2 inches longer). They’re known for being more comfortable for adults and are considered the more elegant design.
Choosing the toilet style
How this choice affects pricing: Two-piece toilets are usually less expensive than one-piece toilets.
A two-piece toilet refers to a model that has two separate pieces (the tank and the bowl) that will be bolted together during the installation. This is the most basic type of toilet. Many manufacturers will sell the toilet seat of 2-piece models separately from the tank and bowl.
A one-piece toilet refers to a toilet that was made from a single piece of ceramic. The end result is a seamless, sleek and modern look. These toilets typically come with a seat and are easier to clean than traditional 2-piece models.
Choosing the toilet efficiency
How this choice affects pricing: Toilets with a higher flushing efficiency cost more but they also save you money on your water bill every month.
A toilet’s efficiency is measured in how much water it uses per flush. Older models used to use up to 3.5 gallons of water (or more) per flush. However, today’s NYC plumbing standards require that new toilets only use 1.28 gallons max per flush.
That said, you’ll want to make sure that your toilet is labeled a “high efficiency” toilet that only uses 1.28 gallons or less per flush.
Some terms you may come across when shopping for high efficiency toilets include:
Single-flush toilets consistently use the same amount of water with each flush. Most single-flush units use only 1.0 to 1.28 gpf (but be careful—some single-flush models may use 1.6 gpf).
Dual-flush toilets offer two different flushing power levels: light and full. The “light” option uses as little as 0.6 gpf while the “full” option uses 1.6 gpf.
Watersense labels are used to differentiate toilets that use 20% less gpf than the federal standards. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), choosing a toilet with a Watersense label can save the average family up to $110 per year in water costs, and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilets.
Choosing toilet “add-ons”
How this choice affects pricing: The more “add-ons” or comfort features you choose, the more expensive the toilet.
Common add-on options include:
Cost factor #2: The installation job itself
How much you’ll end up paying in installation fees usually depends on:
The plumber you choose
Whether additional plumbing or modifications are needed
The plumber you choose
How this affects pricing: Higher quality plumbers may charge more for their installation services but they’ll ultimately save you money by preventing future plumbing repairs and water damage.
Once you’ve chosen the toilet of your dreams, you’ll now need to start planning the actual installation. The first step is to find a plumber you trust to install the toilet quickly and correctly. DIY toilet installation can be tempting but we advise against it. Even the slightest error in a toilet installation can result in expensive plumbing repairs and/or water damage.
So choose a plumber who:
Is licensed and insured in the state of New York
Works for a company that’s been in business for at least 10–15 years
Is experienced in toilet installs and repairs
Offers upfront pricing in writing
Offers at least a 1-year warranty in case anything goes wrong
Whether additional plumbing/modifications are needed
How this affects pricing: The more modifications needed for the toilet installation, the more materials and time it will require, which will raise the installation price.
A basic, low maintenance toilet installation should take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. But if the plumber encounters additional problems along the way, it may take longer than this.
Some problems that may arise include:
The existing piping/plumbing needs repairing
The existing flange is worn out/damaged and needs to be replaced (the flange is the device that connects the toilet drain to the drain pipe)
The new toilet’s “footprint” is smaller than the old one. The footprint measures the space where the pedestal (base) of the toilet covers the floor. If the footprint of the replacement toilet is too small, either you or the plumber will have to replace some of the surrounding flooring.
Unexpected leaks in the new toilet itself.
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