With all of the appliances and equipment in your home, the frequency of use differs for each one. Some are used occasionally (like a dishwasher), once a day (oven), and others are used multiple times a day (the toilet). You might be able to survive without the dishwasher, and cooking would be difficult with no oven, but toilet replacement is essential.
There should never be a time that you worry your toilet failing to function. To stay ahead of any potential problems, you should assess the condition of both the toilet bowl and the tank. If you notice any of these issues, it may be time to replace your toilet with a new one.
Toilet clogging can cause a sense of dread or panic. It is tough to tell if all you need is one more flush, or if something is genuinely stuck down there. A random clog here or there should not be a cause for alarm, but if clogs become regular, then you may have a more significant problem in your hands.
You can tell when your toilet is still running just by the sound of it. The best-case scenario is that the rubber flapper did not properly line up and create that necessary seal. Sometimes all that takes to fix is a little jiggle of the handle or reaching in the tank to line it back up. If your toilet continually runs after each flush, then either the flapper or the fill valve has been damaged.
Cracks in the Porcelain
As sturdy as porcelain is, it still is not invincible. Years of use can cause more than wear and tear on your toilet but can create cracks in either the bowl or the tank. Even if you can’t see the crack directly, you can still spot leaks or puddles around your toilet, which can lead to damaged floors and higher plumbing bills.
Higher Water Bills
Older toilets were not created with efficiency in mind. When using more water, you will pay more on your water bill. Upgrading to a newer toilet can save water, and save money, by limiting the flush volume to the federal standard of 1.6 gallons. You can go even further by finding a toilet that has the federal WaterSense label, which can cut that number down to 1.28 gallons per flush.
With all of those issues in mind, you can make an educated decision as to whether or not you need to replace your old toilet. Even if you don’t go for a high-tech toilet with temperature-controlled seats, or and automatic flush, you can find a new, efficient toilet that checks all the right boxes.
At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service. Please call us today at 616-866-5134 to request a quote and let us help you in replacing your old toilet.