Most of us never think about replacing our toilet as long as it continues to work properly, but if you have an older toilet, there can be good reasons to replace it, even if it still functions. Our infographic shows these five reasons that you might consider replacing your toilet.
There are cracks in your tank.
If you frequently observe water puddling around your toilet, that may mean more than a simple leak. Cracks in the tank of your toilet can cause water to leak and can only be resolved by replacing the toilet. Your local plumber can help you identify the source of any water at the base of your toilet.
You have an old toilet.
Even if it is in perfect working order, you should consider replacing a toilet that was built before 1994. Since 1994, federal regulations have made toilets much more water-efficient. This is bad both for the environment and your water bill! If you are in the market for a new toilet, you should consider one with dual-flush technology. This gives you the opportunity to select a partial flush for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste, which saves water while still allowing you to flush every time.
You feel it wobble.
An unsteady toilet is never normal and requires a professional plumber to come out and evaluate the problem. While the fix could be as simple as tightening or replacing a few bolts, you could also find that the floor underneath your toilet has rotted and needs a professional repair.
You’ve had to fix it often.
If you find yourself calling the plumber for frequent repairs on your toilet, it’s time to consider replacement. While the initial replacement might be expensive, it is likely to save you money in the long run.
You have a round bowl.
There’s nothing wrong with a round bowl if your toilet is otherwise working well, but, if you have an older toilet that you should consider replacing anyway, you might consider a model with an elongated bowl. Many people find them more comfortable and, according to Consumer Reports, they stay cleaner and allow fewer odors to escape. They do take up more room than a round bowl, so may not be a good option for small spaces.
Your local plumber can help you determine if you need a new toilet and explain your options. If you decide you need a new toilet, be sure to call at (800) 259-7705!