While the toilet’s presence in our lives is often taken for granted, it does not follow that all toilets are created equally. Taking the time to examine your toilet and determine if it is working properly and efficiently can save you money and help to avoid costly leaks and repairs. The following are some common candidates for replacement.
The Thirsty Toilet
While today’s toilets are designed to use only about 1.6 gallons of water each time someone flushes, toilets manufactured before 1982 use five to seven gallons every flush. Many of these toilets are still installed in homes, where they are greedily slurping away an increasingly expensive household utility. Save money on your water bill every month and live a little greener by switching your thirsty older toilet for a younger, more efficient model.
The Ugly Toilet
Bathroom design trends have fluctuated wildly over the years. The bright colors and bold details popular a few decades ago can appear jarring to contemporary eyes. Replacing an outdated toilet can rejuvenate the look of a bathroom and restore it to the calming sanctuary it should be. If aesthetic appeal is not enough reason for you to consider replacing a household fixture, it is important to remember that older toilets are more likely to leak, crack, or break. Replacing that old purple toilet with a modern design will not only update your bathroom’s appearance, it may also avoid costly, messy problems before they occur.
The Uncomfortable Toilet
The average person spends three years of their life on the toilet. Unfortunately, not all toilets are designed for comfort. In addition, toilets come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and finding the right fit can definitely enhance your experience. Whether your toilet is too high, too low, or just plain too uncomfortable, replacing it can eliminate unnecessary aches and pains.
The Lazy Toilet
An incomplete or weak flush can signal many different problems. Although some of these are relatively simple fixes, there is a possibility that your lazy toilet suffers from a more serious malady. Calcium or mineral build-up and worn parts are likely culprits. While there are products designed to dissolve mineral buildup, it can be difficult to completely clear the problem. Worn parts can be replaced, but if several parts are needed, it may be wise to consider replacing the entire system. Because a variety of problems can result in a lazy toilet, it is always best to consult a professional before investing in repairs or replacement. The problem may originate in your water or sewer pipes and not inside the toilet at all.
Although your toilet may not be the most expensive or the most complicated thing in your home, it is one of the most important. A broken or leaky toilet is inconvenient, expensive, and messy. Avoid the hassle associated with a malfunctioning commode by remaining aware of any potential problems and replacing your toilet in a timely manner. If you have any questions about the condition of your system or would like to discuss professional replacement, contact the experts at Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing today.