It’s true that toilets can take quite a beating and keep on working for years without any major troubles. They’re built with strong material to withstand a great deal of stress and pressure. However, just like everything else, they will eventually begin to show signs of age and will eventually have to replace a toilet.
The trick is knowing when. Some toilet issues are so apparent that a replacement is the obvious choice. Other times, the problems may be small enough to go unnoticed for quite some time. We may only realize it when we see a drastic change in our monthly water bill or when mold shows up in our bathroom.
Here are a few signs to watch for so you know when it’s time to replace your toilet:
Too Much Water
Before 1994, toilets were designed to use over 3 gallons of water for each flush. When the Energy Policy Act of 1992 was passed and enforced, the standard amount of water per flush dropped to 1.6 gallons. There are some toilets these days built to use even less than that. If you have a toilet that is using too much water for each flush, it’s time to replace it. A new toilet will be more water efficient and save you quite a bit of money on your water bill.
Cracks and Breaks
Once your toilet is showing signs of its age with cracks or breaking porcelain, it’s definitely time to make a change. Small cracks can lead to small leaks. Small leaks are the ones that can go undetected until it’s too late. You might end up with severe water damage or even mold in your bathroom. Take a few minutes to inspect your toilet for cracks each time you clean it. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring the small cracks!
It’s not always old toilets that can cause problems. Even new toilets may cause issues if they were installed incorrectly. For example, if your toilet rocks or wobbles on its base, it may be that it wasn’t installed correctly. It should be addressed right away though to correct the issue.
In some cases, a rocking toilet is caused by the age of the floor underneath it. When floors begin to rot or shift, it might lead to a more serious problem. Older toilets tend to be heavier because of the material they were made from or it could be a deteriorated closet flange. Boydco only installs stainless steel closet flanges for the prevention of rust and deterioration. Even if older floors are replaced or fixed, it may be a good idea to replace your toilet with a newer model, with water saving features.
If you find yourself plunging your toilet more than once a week, call Boydco Plumbing as you might have a main line problem due to the age of the sewer system. That’s not to say that clogs are only caused by older toilets. There might be other issues with the plumbing. It’s a good idea to have your toilet plumbing looked at before choosing to buy a new toilet. Old toilets were built differently than the ones built today. They require more water to flush and often cause clogs. That’s not to say that clogs are only caused by older toilets. There might be other issues with the plumbing. It’s a good idea to have your toilet plumbing looked at before choosing to buy a new toilet.
You can always depend on the professionals at Boydco Plumbing for any questions or concerns about your toilet. Give us a call today.