If there is one plumbing fixture that homeowners are guaranteed to use multiple times throughout the day, then it would be the toilet. The toilet is one of the primary fixtures in any bathroom, and the efficiency of your home's plumbing system relies on the condition of your toilet.
Despite the fact that toilets play such an integral role in daily life, homeowners often give little thought to their toilet until the fixture begins to seriously malfunction. Replacing your toilet before it breaks down completely can help you reduce the cost of replacement by eliminating the potential water damage a failing toilet might cause.
Use these four factors as a guide when trying to determine if it's time to replace your toilet.
First and foremost, you should consider the age of your toilet when determining if the fixture needs to be replaced. Older toilets are more likely to malfunction as the valves and seals deteriorate. An older toilet could also be costing you a significant amount of money each month.
Toilets that were built prior to 1992 could use up to 8 gallons of water for each flush. When you compare that with the 1.6 gallons per flush used by modern toilets, it's easy to see how an aging toilet can really drive up the cost of your water bill. Replace your old toilet with a newer, more energy-efficient model.
Toilets are made of porcelain. Although this is typically a durable material, there is always the potential that your toilet's porcelain bowl or tank could crack. Even hairline cracks can lead to serious water loss and structural damage.
You can easily check to see if your toilet is cracked by conducting a thorough visual inspection each time you clean the fixture. If you notice any water pooling around the base of the toilet, this water could be coming from a leaking tank or bowl.
To see if the tank is cracked, put a couple drops of food coloring into the water inside the tank. If the water pooling around the base of your toilet is tinted with the same hue, you have a cracked tank. If the water is clear, the crack is most likely in your toilet's bowl.
Replacing a cracked toilet will help you avoid water damage and prevent water waste in the future.
It's important that you keep track of the number of times your toilet needs to be repaired throughout the year. If your toilet frequently clogs or you need to call in a plumber on a regular basis to address leaks, then replacing the toilet might be a more cost-effective option.
A new toilet (both the fixture itself and professional installation) will cost you anywhere from $218 to $522. When you compare this one-time cost with the cost of multiple house calls by a professional plumber, you can see how replacing a failing toilet can save you money in the long run.
Comfort might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sitting on your toilet. However, since the toilet gets used on a daily basis, the fixture should provide a comfortable seat.
Elongated toilet bowls offer more room for larger or taller individuals. These elongated bowls can also help reduce odors and can be easier to clean than their round counterparts, making them more comfortable in a multitude of ways. If you have a toilet with a round bowl in your bathroom, then increase your comfort level by switching to a toilet with an elongated bowl.
If you are thinking about replacing your toilet, contact Ben Franklin Plumbing. We can help you choose the toilet that will be best suited to meet your needs and install the fixture quickly to keep your bathroom functional.