Is It Time To Replace Your Toilet?
Not all toilets are created equal. A few high quality brands are built to provide 20+ years of hassle-free comfort, while many other builder-grade products have a much shorter life span and require constant maintenance. If you’re toilet falls in the latter category, here are a few factors to consider when determining your need for a new one.
1. Frequent Repairs & Maintenance – It’s inevitable that your toilet will need to be repaired from time to time. Many of these repairs are fairly simple and can be done with some basic tools and minimal knowledge. Others, however, may require you to hire a professional. As maintenance issues for your toilet mount, along with the associated expenses, it may be time to weigh repair versus replacement. Though you may have to shell out a few extra bucks up front, you could save yourself a lot of money in the long run by replacing a toilet that’s past its prime.
2. Cracked Porcelain – Inspect your toilet occasionally for cracks in the porcelain. Some cracks will be easy to see without close examination, but toilets often develop hairline cracks that are difficult to see. The size and location of your crack will determine how soon you’ll need to replace the toilet. However, your toilet is living on borrowed time if it has any type of fracture and we recommend that you replace it as soon as possible before more serious problems arise.
3. Difficult to Clean – After years of exposure to cleaning chemicals, oils from your skin, and endless scrubbing, your toilet begins to lose the smooth, shiny surface it once had. As the surface of your toilet deteriorates it becomes increasingly difficult to clean, as dirt and grime cling to pits and scratches. With your toilet no longer shining like it used to, you might be ready to consider a replacement. No one likes a dirty toilet.
4. Inefficient Water Use – Many toilets, especially in older homes, are still of the 3-5 gallon flush variety. By converting to a low flush toilet (2 gallons per flush), you will save as much as 50% on your water bill each month. This one’s a no-brainer, as the toilet will pay for itself in no time.