Most plumbers these days prefer to replace vintage toilets rather than repair them. This may be a sound practice from a labor standpoint as new toilets can cost less than $100 and time spent paying a plumber $80 to $100 per hour to finesse old parts can add up quickly.
One thing that is often overlooked however, is the added value a historic home has when it is kept in all-original condition. Replacing that 80 year-old toilet may save a couple hundred dollars now, but putting a $90 “depot cheapo” toilet in an all-original vintage bathroom can knock 100’s or even 1000’s of dollars off the resale value of a historic property.
Replacement can also be subject to other problems as well; vintage toilets often have unusual water and drain pipe placement that make finding a new replacement toilet difficult.
For those who wish to keep their vintage bathroom all-original, we offer this how-to page as a reference for the do-it-yourself-er or plumber seeking tips and information on antique toilet repair.
Step One: TURN OFF THE WATER!
Step Two: Understand that Bathroom Machineries offers these repair tips as-is. We cannot accept any responsibility for the use or mis-use of the information and tips provided herein.
The advice given here assumes some familiarity with plumbing techniques and basic hand tools. If your Significant Other quakes with fear every time you pick up a tool, you might think twice before attempting anything described in the below pages.
Step Three: click on the photo below of the toilet most like the one you are working on: