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Q: I just moved into a pre-war apartment, and the old toilet left by the seller was a Kohler and didn't flush well. I did some research and bought a low-flow, high-efficiency TOTO toilet to replace the old Kohler, but it’s been even worse. What kind of toilet might work best in a pre-war building and with pre-war piping?
It's also possible that your building's old pipes simply need to be cleaned or replaced, notes Jessica Warmbrand, a sales consultant with Blackman Plumbing's Manhattan showroom. If the problem persists, your building may need to consider getting a water pump, or you can even look into getting one just for your apartment.
The bottom line is that you need to have a conversation with your building manager, a plumber, and maybe even the board in order to get things working smoothly. "An experienced building resident manager’s intimate knowledge of your building systems should be able to match up a best, even if not perfect, fit for your apartment," says Usztoke.
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