Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Toilet Replacement
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Embarrassing Plumbing ProblemsIf you’re looking to replace a toilet in your New Orleans home, look no further than Bienvenu Brothers. We have years of experience in the area, and we’re here to answer whatever questions you may have.

In this article, Bienvenu Brothers looks at the top 5 things you need to know about toilet replacement.

Get the Right Size

First check the “rough-in” distance from the wall to the center of the drain pipe in the floor under the base of the toilet (commonly 12 inches, but it can be 10 or 14 inches). In all other directions, more space is always better. When designing a bathroom, allow plenty of elbow room, ready access to the tissue holder, and about 30 inches of depth in front of the bowl.

Elongated bowls are popular today, but the shorter “round front” (actually oval) bowl may save you 3 or 4 inches in a tight spot. Toilet dimensions vary, though, so measure your space and check each toilet’s specs. Consider height too.

Two-Piece or One-Piece?

Most toilets come in two parts: a bowl piece that sits on the floor over the drain and a separate upright tank. One-piece toilets are generally lower and sleeker with easier-to-clean exteriors, but are more expensive and often have more complex mechanisms.

Low-Flow or Conventional?

By law, toilets sold in the U.S. use 1.6 gallons of water or less to flush. Switching to a low-flow toilet can save 14,000 gallons of water a year for a family of four, according to the EPA. Dual-flush toilets use less water for liquids and more for solid waste. Most toilets work by gravity, but “pressure-assisted” toilets use a pump to give the water more force.

The Truth About Clogs

This is a top issue for many New Orleans homeowners. Clogs are caused by large wads of tissue or foreign objects, rarely by waste. Bargain toilets found in home improvement stores for $100 or so are more likely to get plugged up. Major makers fight clogs by devising an optimal relationship between the position and number of water jets and the size and design of the trap-way. They test for clog potential by flushing sponges, ping-pong balls, and wads of tissue. Look for a glazed trap-way of 2 inches or more.

Style vs. Function

Most people pick a toilet by looks, but for many New Orleans homeowners, it’s all about function. For designer-name one-piece toilets in fixture collections, prices can easily reach a couple thousand dollars. Add-ons such as air dryers and gently closing lids increase the cost, but it’s most important to focus on the basic functions of the toilet, so give the experienced professionals at Bienvenu Brothers a call to learn more.

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We have used Bienvenu Brothers several times over the last few years, and we have always been extremely satisfied with the service and quality work. Bienvenu always makes every effort to get someone out as soon as possible. They just finished a job that has increased my respect even more. Seven weeks ago, to the day, one of our bathrooms backed up in the early afternoon. Bienvenu had a sewer cleaning truck out later that day. Unfortunate, they were unable to clear the line and it was determined that we needed video inspection to determine the problem. When the video crew came out they determined that there was a problem with the parish sewer line. The parish would come but couldn’t clean the line because of a lift station problem. This repeat every couple of days for weeks. Keith and Louis made calls and did all they could to try to get the problem resolved. Finally, the parish fixed the lift station, cleared the line and corrected an issue with our connection to the main line. The next day, today, Bienvenu had Frank and his crew out, and they made the necessary repair to my line in a couple of hours. FINALLY, we can again use our own shower and toilet. Keith and Louis were persistent in trying to keep things moving, and Frank did a quick and great job of finishing up. I can’t imagine ever using anyone else!

Raymond Perry

Dear Bienvenu Brothers, I am way behind in my correspondence, but I wanted to thank you for the quick, efficient, honest service I received on December 19, 2011. My hot H2O heater went out. I called Bienvenu Brothers because of a recommendation. It was so close to the holidays, but yet you made it possible for my family to take hot showers that night. The computer board went out, and Kirk said it was under warranty and only charged me for the service fee. Since I had never used you before, I was amazed. Thanks for everything!

Desiree E.

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding service on my new State water heater. I bought the unit from Coburn’s and my husband and a friend installed it. It kept coding out and would not work. I called the manufacturer (State) and they recommended that I call you guys. Vint came out and did some troubleshooting. He contacted State Technical Support, and they sent the part over-night to me. Unfortunately, when the new part was installed, it still did not work, so I called Vint, and he called State again for another part. I have never had such wonderful customer service and was very impressed with the employees’ diligence in staying on top of the matter. Vicki called me to set up my appointments and was so sweet and friendly. Louis Bienvenu originally took my call and was very attentive to my problem and made everything happen. It was a very pleasant experience all the way around, and I just wanted to say “THANKS!”  Next time I have a plumbing problem, I will definitely be giving you guys a call. Thanks again and may God bless you, your family and your business!  

Jana H.

To Louis and all the Bienvenu Brothers: A very gracious thank you! Your help over this last weekend with my grandmother’s house is sincerely appreciated by our family. Everyone we spoke with was kind and very helpful. The no charge for the service was over the top! Bless you and your family. 

April DiGiovanni & Family

Louis & Crew: Thank you so much. Your workmanship is among the best. We are very happy with the new bathroom.

Leo & Paul F.

Dear Keith: A brief thank you note for your help with our recent plumbing problems. We were appreciative of your prompt attention. You, Kirk, Louis, Robbie and Chris were all extremely professional, good attitudes and were very efficient. We would recommend you highly to anyone we know needing plumbing-heating-cooling repairs. Again, thank you.

Martha & Al A.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: Thank you so much for allowing us to pay off our new hot water heater. I also appreciate your help with this costly bill, and also with the excellent service we received from your Technicians. We look forward to doing business with you again in the future.

Albert W. C Jr.

Dear Sirs: Just to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all did a wonderful job and people have given you praise. 

Janie F.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: I wish to commend your entire staff for helping me get my mom’s sewer problem handled in an efficient and effective manner. Your office assistant (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name listened to my plight and relayed my concerns to the plumber. Louis Jr worked with me over the course of two days assuring me that he would give the problem his best effort but could not guarantee we wouldn’t have to dig up the entire front yard. His integrity and dedication got the job done! And then the gentleman (I think his name was Rick) who my mom talked with, assured her that her bill could be paid over a few months’ time, which is “life saving” to an elderly person on a fixed income, who wishes to remain independent. I could not have asked for more. 

Mrs. F.

Just wanted to pass on my sincere appreciation for everything you did with my tankless water heater. Hope I don’t have to call anytime soon.

Gina V.
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