Out With The Old: Four Signs It's Time To Give Your Toilet Its Final FlushThere's no doubt about it: your toilet is an essential component of your home. But while toilets are made from sturdy materials and can often last several decades, they do need to be replaced from time to time. Here are four signs it's time to give your old toilet one final flush — and replace it with a newer model.
1. It's Leaking onto the Floor
If you notice water dripping onto the floor around your toilet, first check to make sure the water supply tube, which leads into the toilet near its base, is tightened. If the leaking continues even after you tighten the supply tube, then your toilet's wax seal, which sits between the toilet and the floor, may be broken. There may also be cracks in the tank or bowl, allowing water to slowly drip onto the floor.
While you can sometimes replace a wax seal or use porcelain sealer to fill a crack, these are both rather time-consuming repairs. Filling a crack with porcelain, for instance, requires that you drain and dry the toilet beforehand, and it's not uncommon for patches to fail. So, especially if the toilet in question has already been around for a few years, your best option is usually to have it replaced once it starts leaking.
2. It Wobbles
If your toilet wobbles around when you sit on it or put pressure on one side, try tightening the bolts that anchor it to the floor. Sometimes, these bolts just become a little loose over time, leading to mild wobbling.
When bolt tightening does not solve the wobbling problem, it is often due to a broken or loosened wax seal around the base of the toilet. If you don't address this issue at the wobbling stage, you may end up with water leaking around the toilet and with damage to your floor. If the toilet is new, you may be able to have the wax seal replaced, but as discussed above, the best choice is often to replace the whole toilet.
3. It Was Installed Prior to 1992
In 1992, federal plumbing standards changed to require that toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Prior to this date, most toilets used between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush. If you have an older toilet, even if it is in good shape, replacing it with a new, low-flush model will save you a lot on your water bill.
Today's standard toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush, which is pretty efficient, but there are also high-efficiency toilets that use even less: 1.28 gallons per flush. Switch from a 7-gallon-per-flush to a 1.28-gallon-per-flush toilet, and you could save 2,336 gallons of water per person in your household each year.
4. It's Round, and You Prefer an Elongated Model
Toilet bowls come in two major shapes: round and oblong. Most people prefer an oblong, or elongated toilet. They are simply more comfortable to sit on. If you have a round toilet and find sitting on it uncomfortable, then replacing it with an elongated toilet bowl is a good choice. These toilets generally measure 31 inches in length, so measure your space and make sure one will fit before you commit yourself to the new commode.
Of course, you can also have your toilet replaced if you are no longer in love with its color, or if its finish is beginning to look dull. Many people choose to replace their toilets when they remodel their bathroom, even if the existing toilet is in good condition. Whether your toilet is in need of replacement or just some simple repairs, contact Adept Plumbing for a quote today.