When it comes to your toilet, it can be hard to know when it’s time to replace it. While some issues can be fixed with a simple repair, others require a complete replacement. How can you tell the difference? If you’re not a professional plumber or experienced homeowner who is handy with this sort of thing, here are a few signs that it’s time to replace your toilet:
Constant Clogs and/or High Water Nills
If your toilet is frequently clogging, it may be time to replace it. This could be a sign of a larger issue with the drainage system or a problem with the toilet’s design. If your home has an outdated low-flow toilet, it may not have the “oomph” to achieve sufficient outflow for moving solids out of your home. Having to flush it twice negates any benefit of using less water in the first place!
On the flip side, an old toilet may waste an exorbitant amount of water, squandering both natural resources and raising your monthly utility bill! According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toilets are the primary source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption.
A leaking toilet can cause water damage; even if it doesn’t, it wastes a lot of water! If you notice water around the base of your toilet or hear running water when the toilet is not in use, it is at least time to check the seals, flaps, and internals. Rule out the possibility that the problem isn’t with any broken components, but if this doesn’t fix the problem, it’s time to replace the whole unit.
The average lifespan of a toilet is approximately 10-15 years. If your toilet is approaching or exceeding this age, it may be time to consider a replacement. While most toilets look similar, they’re not all created equal! Like most things in life, technology is constantly evolving, and it’s no different with toilets. New toilets provide reliability, cost savings, and environmental benefits. Your toilet might be old, but this is no time to be sentimental. Sometimes you’re better off with a new one!
If your toilet is outdated or doesn’t match the overall décor of your bathroom, you may want to consider replacing it for aesthetic reasons. Cracks, chips, calcium stains — often, toilets range from unattractive to downright hideous. According to some studies, the average person spends 30 minutes per day in the bathroom (more than 182 hours per year), so why spend all that time staring at a dirty, dingy, broken, or ugly commode?
Let Heiland Home Services Replace Your Toilet
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s a good idea to consider replacing your toilet. Not only will it save you money on water bills in the long run, but it will also give your bathroom a fresh, updated look. If a replacement is what you need, it’s always best to consult a plumber to determine the best course of action and to ensure that the new toilet is installed correctly. That’s where Heiland Home Services comes in. Contact us today to go over your options and make sure you are making the right decision for your home. You’ll thank us later!