Possible Signs That You Should Replace Your Toilet:
- You want to save water. If you’re paying the bills in a busy household, you know how quickly they can add up. Toilets generally account for about a quarter of all water use in your home, so they can add significantly to your water bill, particularly over the holidays when everyone is home. Newer toilets use less than 1.6 gallons per flush, whereas older standard toilets can use as much as 6 or 7 gallons per flush. Putting aside the initial replacement cost of purchasing a new toilet, that means that replacing a new toilet or two in your home can save a lot of water in the short term, and save you money on your water bill in the long term.
- Your current toilet is clogging too frequently. Sometimes, your toilet is just trying to tell you that it’s ready for retirement. With older, low-flush toilets that are clogging frequently (say, once a week or more), it may be a sign that it’s time to upgrade to a newer model — which will clear more easily while using even less water.
- There are cracks developing in the porcelain. Keep an eye out for any signs of thin cracks in the tank of the toilet. They’re usually not very noticeable, but like a crack in the windshield of your car, the problem is that even a hairline fracture of the porcelain can grow into a big problem over time. Cracks in the actual bowl are usually not as worrisome, but still warrant attention if you notice it growing – the last thing you want is water from the toilet leaking on to your bathroom floor.
- The cost of fixing it is becoming more than replacing it. In many cases, toilet repairs are fairly straightforward, but between parts, labour and time, they may be adding up in the long-run. If you find that your toilet is needing frequent repairs, weigh the potential costs against the cost of just springing for a new model, which many end up saving you more money and aggravation over time.
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