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plumbing questions: water main & old toilet replacements

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I'm getting ready to contract some work at my mother-in-law's place and had a couple of questions to get me in the ballpark.

1) Her water main is about 900' of 20-25 year old PVC with at least 5 patches. I'd like to have a new water line run. Any idea on best material and possible total cost? I've read that the standard for many years has been black poly (the best grade one can afford). Of note, the house is in East Tx.

2) She has 3 bathrooms and 2 of the toilets aren't working so well since they don't get used regularly. Also, I imagine the ones she has are budget grade.

Is it a smart idea to simply replace the whole toilet or should I try to replace parts on the existing toilets? She's already had the plumber out several times. Also, I've discussed that if we put new toilets in that she needs to try to use them with equal frequency (i.e. rotating through to keep them working well).

Thanks for any advice!
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Black Poly is still the standard for water lines outside. Look on Homedepot or lowes to see a ball park price close to you.

Do the toilets let water go down the pipes if you pour it in by the bucket or is it the stuff inside the tank that is not working?
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We put in taller toilets when we built. Love them.
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Small house here. The sound of those toilets in the middle of the night would not be welcome.
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We don't either but the stomach flu just visted a couple of weeks ago. That flushing would have kept both of us up. It is better when at least one person gets enough sleep so they can look after the other person the next day.
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