6 Signs You Need To Replace Your Toilet!
It's time for a candid conversation about toilets. From the throne and porcelain god to John, Loo, and Lavatory – yes, we're talking about "the can."
Despite their seemingly invincible nature, even the highest-quality commodes require replacement from time to time. So, here are six signs indicating that it's time to consider updating your toilet:
1. Flushing Money Down the Drain
Older toilets are notorious water-wasters, using excessive amounts of water with each flush. On average, they consume 3 to 5 gallons of water per flush, while modern low-flush toilets use less than 2 gallons. These water savings can be substantial, particularly for larger households. Additionally, in the context of California's ongoing drought conditions and environmental concerns, a new low-flush toilet not only saves you money but also contributes to water conservation. Plus, the scratches and faded appearance of an old commode can easily be replaced with a shiny, new one.
2. Cracks in the Porcelain
If you notice water pooling around your toilet, it's essential to inspect the porcelain for cracks. While the toilet may still be functional, water leaks can lead to damage to your flooring, mold or mildew growth, and water wastage. If you discover any cracks, it's imperative to replace the toilet promptly to prevent further issues.
3. Unsteady on Its Feet
If your toilet wobbles, the problem may be as simple as tightening the screws at its base. However, if the wobbling persists despite secure fastenings, it might be time for a replacement. Over time, the base of the toilet can deteriorate, causing it to loosen from the floor or exposing damage to the floor itself. If basic troubleshooting doesn't resolve the issue, it's advisable to consult professional plumbers.
4. Frequent Clogs
Dealing with constant toilet clogs can be frustrating. If this issue persists, it may indicate underlying internal problems that require attention. It's wise to call in professionals or consider replacing the toilet to put an end to the frequent clogging.
5. Accumulated Mineral Deposits
In areas with hard water like the Central Coast, minerals can accumulate in the inlet holes, siphon tube, or bowl stopper of your toilet. This buildup can obstruct water flow, and a clogged stopper can cause your toilet to run continuously. While you can attempt to remove the buildup manually, severe cases may necessitate a replacement.
6. Round Bowl Blues
Believe it or not, comfort matters when it comes to toilet selection. If you have a round bowl and find it less comfortable, you might want to consider replacing the entire toilet. An elongated bowl not only offers improved comfort, but it also tends to stay cleaner and emits fewer odors, according to Consumer Reports. For those who spend ample time in their "office," this upgrade can make a significant difference.
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