Most people tend to continue to use the same toilet for years on end. While these systems are designed to last for a long time, they do reach their breaking point and sometimes need to be replaced. To that end, let's take a look at some reasons why it might be time for you to upgrade.
One of the most common reasons people decide to purchase a new toilet is the fact that it simply isn't doing its job properly anymore. A clog now and again certainly isn't a big issue. However, if it feels like you're reaching for the plunger every time you flush, it may be time to upgrade.
Due to the fact that most toilets are made out of porcelain, a major issue that a lot of people run into is the cracking of the bowl. Fractures in the lid are also common, however, these are much easier to handle than damage to the bowl itself. If you notice any sort of cracks in this area, stop using the toilet immediately.
Feel the floor directly under the toilet for dampness or simple water damage for this is a strong indicator that your toilet is leaking. These cracks could be allowing for sewage water to escape back into your house, which is a major health issue. If you do find evidence of this, purchase a new toilet and consult a contractor about possible water damage.
While leaks allowing for water to leave the toilet are obviously a huge problem, another issue you need to concern yourself with is internal leakage. For one reason or another, your toilet may be allowing water to drip from the tank to the bowl itself. If you can hear water hissing back at you when the toilet isn't in use, you may have a leak.
A pretty simple way to know for sure if you have an internal leak or not is to open the tank and drop in 10 drops of food coloring or a dye tablet. Return the tank lid and wait 10 minutes. If the water in the bowl is colored, you have an internal leak.
Of course, such a leak doesn't exactly mean you need a whole new toilet. The drain stopper in the tank may simply need replacing. However, if the damage is extensive enough, you may need to invest in a new system altogether.
Finally, a good reason to go out and buy a new toilet is to save yourself on your water bill. After realizing the amount of water being wasted on conventional toilets, the Environmental Protection Agency created the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This regulation stipulated that residential toilets could only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, which is really all you need.
Before this, many toilets used twice this amount of water for each use. So, if your toilet has survived the fall of the Berlin wall, it may be time to upgrade. The initial investment may hurt, but your wallet will thank you in the long run.
If you’re unsure whether it’s a quick fix or you need a brand new loo call your local Terre Haute Roto-Rooter today!