You use it every day, but there’s a good chance you’ve never considered replacing it. It’s your toilet, perhaps the most indispensable element of your household plumbing. And toilets are built to last, so if replacing one has never crossed your mind, that’s to be expected.
Still, time takes its toll and things can go wrong with your good friend, john. Even when your toilet has lived a full life, sometimes you just grow apart and need a change. Here are some of the signs you could use a new toilet in your life.
Cracks and Leaks
Given enough time, many toilets will begin to develop hairline cracks in the tank, bowl and other areas. Once these cracks develop, they can expand and progress into leaks. Because your toilet is always holding water, even a tiny leak can cause a serious moisture problem over time.
Cracks that can be located can sometimes be repaired by a plumbing professional, but some can be so severe or difficult to reach that replacement is the only practical solution. Allow an experienced plumber to help assess the condition of your toilet.
If your toilet is wobbling, the best-case scenario is that the bolts connecting it to the floor have simply come loose. Unfortunately, many cases of wobbly toilet syndrome lead to the discovery of a rotten floor underneath the toilet, often the result of long-term water damage.
The best way to confirm this diagnosis is to completely remove the toilet from the floor, which should also make it easier to confirm whether a leaky toilet is the culprit. But even if the toilet is OK, the necessary bathroom remodel that will result from a rotten floor creates a perfect opportunity to upgrade to a newer toilet if you so choose.
A lot has changed since the invention of the modern flush toilet, including water efficiency standards. The most recent update to federal standards on toilet flush efficiency occurred in 1994, when toilets were capped at 1.6 gallons per flush. So if your toilet is older than that, there’s a good chance you could get a boost in water efficiency by upgrading.
If you really want to save water, don’t settle for 1.6 gallons — models marketed as water-efficient toilets may have flush ratings as low as 1.28 gallons or lower. There are also dual-flush toilets that offer a full flush for solid waste but a partial flush for liquid waste.
Comfort and Style
There doesn’t need to be something wrong with your toilet for you to consider replacing it. If you’re already planning a bathroom remodel, you may just want a toilet with a color-matching finish or perhaps you’re thinking of splurging on a futuristic design.
Comfort is another factor to consider, especially if you have an older toilet. Newer designs often offer the option of an elongated bowl, which some find easier to sit on. And if you have difficulty sitting or standing from too-low of a position, certain models sit extra high off the ground to make it easier on the knees.
Do any of these conditions apply to you? If so, reach out to your local plumbing professionals for a no-obligation consultation on toilet models and the job of installing them.