When Is It Time To Say Goodbye To Your Toilet?

Posted on: 18 January 2017

Believe it or not, the average toilet can last for an entire lifetime when properly maintained. But there's no guarantee that your toilet won't need replacing due to a wide variety of issues. If you're wondering when you should give your toilet the farewell it deserves, then you'll want to take a look at the following:

When Those Constant Repairs Begin to Add Up

Does it seem like you're always paying good money to have yet another toilet issue taken care of? If you're constantly having your plumber come over to make emergency repairs on your toilet, then it may be time to put it out to pasture. Frequent repairs are often a clear sign that your toilet is wearing out and eventually needs replacement. In addition, the constant repairs can also add up to the cost of purchasing and installing a brand-new toilet.

If Your Toilet Has Suffered Structural Damage

The vast majority of toilets are made from porcelain. Although it's a pretty strong material, it's still vulnerable to hairline fractures due to unexpected shock or even rough handling during the installation phase. Even the smallest of hairline fractures have the potential to expand into large cracks that cause water leaks.

If you see one or more hairline fractures on your toilet bowl or tank, then you may need to have a trusted plumber take a look at your toilet and decide if it needs to be replaced. Most plumbers recommend replacement because the fracture could expand without warning at any given moment.

If You Need a More Efficient Toilet

If you have a toilet that was manufactured within the past two or three decades, you could be literally flushing money down the drain. Toilets manufactured before 1980, for instance, can use as much as seven gallons of water during every flush. It's a significant waste of water that also results in hefty utility bills for many homeowners.

Current federal plumbing standards now require newly manufactured toilets to use a maximum of only 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF). High-efficiency toilets bearing the WaterSense label take water conservation a step further by limiting water usage to just 1.28 GPF or less. Installing a high-efficiency toilet in your home can offer tremendous savings when it comes to your next water bill.

When Your Existing Toilet Just Isn't Comfortable Anymore

Comfort isn't exactly an attribute that many homeowners pay attention to when choosing a new toilet. But over time, you may start finding things you just don't like about your existing toilet. The seat height might be too high or too low, and the toilet seat itself could be too narrow for comfort, especially if you happen to have a larger frame.

You might feel like you're wasting money on replacing a perfectly good toilet just because of comfort issues, but investing in a newer and more comfortable toilet can easily pay dividends in the years to come. There are also other things you can do to make your new toilet even more comfortable, such as replacing your current toilet seat with a padded version.

When Your Toilet's Looks No Longer Hold Up

If you're thinking about remodeling your bathroom, then chances are you're also thinking about replacing your toilet. After all, that coral pink toilet that was in vogue decades ago might stick out like a sore thumb when surrounded by modern bathroom amenities. Today's toilets often come in neutral colors that are a good fit for pretty much any type of bathroom décor. You might also want to replace your toilet if the porcelain finish begins to chip away or become severely discolored. For more info, talk to your local plumber.

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Knowing When It’s Time to Call the Plumber

My name is Jason Lawrence, or around my house I’m sometimes known as “Daddy Fix-It.” My wife Sarah and I have four children all under the age of ten. I didn’t start out as a guy who was handy around the house, but I am learning to become a do-it-yourselfer for sure. Did I mention that I’m a bit stubborn? There are times I struggle with projects a little too long, and it takes my wife stepping in to convince me that it’s time to call a professional. I’ve become especially handy with plumbing projects. I don’t know why kids think toys belong in the toilet and doll hair is good for the bathtub drain, but around here those are weekly events. I’m going to share some of my experiences, how I fixed some of our plumbing problems, and when it becomes time to call the plumber.

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