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6 Simple Reasons why you have to replace your Toilet

Posted by Tingey Plumbing, Heating & Air
on 03 November 2016
Old Toilet

Blog Highlights:

  • Toilet leaks can wreak havoc on the subfloor or on the flooring. If left unfixed, homeowners can end up having to replace the entire floor or having to repair the room below.
  • Old toilets can consume as much as 7 gallons of water per flush
  • New toilets can offer you with more comfort as well as unique features that can help make your toilet use a lot easier
  • When replacing the flooring, you should consider replacing the old toilet as well so you can minimize the labor time and cost

Replacing your toilet is not just ideal for those who want to improve the appearance of the bathroom, it is also perfect for those who want to conserve both money and water.

While most homeowners would only want to replace the toilet if it is damaged, or if they want to remodel the bathroom, you need to know that there are actually other practical reasons why you should consider doing it.

Here’s a list of why you need to invest in a new bathroom throne:

1.  The old toilet is leaking – Leaks can occur in the tank or bowl, if it stays undetected for an extended amount of time, it can cause water damage to the subfloor or to the flooring itself. If your old toilet is leaking, you need to have it replaced right away, otherwise, the damage might get too severe and you might end up having to replace the entire floor or having to fix the room beneath the upstairs bathroom.

If the old toilet has been in use for years, you should know that replacing it rather than fixing the leak might be more cost-effective. This is because getting a new toilet will have water-saving features and fixing the leak will not give you the assurance that the old toilet’s other parts will not fail later on.

2. Low water efficiency – Older toilets can use as much as 7 gallons of water with each flush, this is why homes with old toilets tend to have bigger water bills each month.

New models on the other hand, are required by law to use a maximum of 1.6 gallons of water per flush, making them very efficient. If you want to make sure that you have a modern one, you can lift the toilet’s lid so you can see your toilet’s date stamp.

3. Aesthetics – If your toilet is way outdated, it might be best for you to replace it with one that is modern not just in terms of its engineering design, but also when it comes to its color and style. There are new toilets available today that come in amazing colors. Just keep in mind that designer toilets can cost more than plain or ordinary ones.

4. Comfort and functionality – If your old toilet is just not comfortable enough or is no longer able to meet your needs, it might be best for you to replace it. You might want to invest in a new toilet that has the right height and width so that it will fit you better. You can even buy one that has unique features that can help make your toilet use a lot easier.

5. Outdated or damaged components – Outdated toilets that have damaged components can be very hard to repair simply because its components might be very hard to find. If you have a toilet that is outdated, damaged, or both, you need to weight the cost of repairing it versus the cost of replacing it.

6. Flooring replacement or repairs – When repairing or fixing the flooring, you might need to have the toilet temporarily uninstalled to make way for the new flooring. This is actually a great time for you to have the toilet replaced as well as you can minimize the labor time and cost. While the old toilet is temporarily taken out, you need to assess its condition so you will know if you should have it replaced while the flooring is being taken out.

Toilet replacements should only be carried out by qualified professional plumbers. The porcelain used in many modern toilets can be very heavy and brittle, this is why you should make sure that you are able to hire someone who can install it properly the first time around.