Toilets are one of the most utilized fixtures within any home. While they do perform well for a long time, they don't last forever. Here are a few clues that it's time to replace your toilet:
The porcelain of the tank or bowl can develop hairline cracks, especially if exposed to the cold. Even the smallest crack in your toilet can turn into a major issue down the road. You should inspect your toilet when you regularly clean it. If you spot any cracks, it's necessary to replace the fixture as soon as possible. If not, the crack can lead to a leak or flood along with water damage. If cracked, the structural integrity of the toilet could come into question. You wouldn’t want to be sitting on it when it decides to break open!
Some older toilets can use 3 gallons to 7 gallons of water per flush. This amount of water is a lot to spend every time you flush a toilet, and it can add up quickly on your monthly water bill. If you want to save water and reduce costs, it may be time to replace your toilet for a more efficient one. The current standard toilet uses only 1.6 gallons per flush but Ultra High Efficiency Toilets use only 1.28 gallons per flush. And they’re also well engineered to flush well even with such small amounts of water. This means you won’t have to flush more than once to rid the bowl of waste as you did when the first 1.6 GPF high efficiency toilets arrived on the scene in the early 1990s. As utility costs continue to rise, investing in a more efficient toilet now may make the most sense for reliability and to cut down on household water usage while lowering monthly water bills.
As a toilet gets older, its parts will need to be replaced or repaired to ensure that it continues to perform as expected. However, the list of fixes associated with a typical toilet can add up over time. Homeowners should weigh the cost of these adjustments versus buying a new toilet. If your toilet was manufactured before 1996, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at how much more powerful today’s 1.6 GPF toilets are compared to your old one. If you need help replacing and installing your toilet, call your local St. Petersburg Roto-Rooter plumbing professional today. Or do some research online and purchase your favorite model. Roto-Rooter’s licensed plumbers can and will install any toilet, even if you don’t purchase it through us.