One of the most frequently used appliances in our home is the toilet. Unfortunately, like most things in life, they don’t last forever.
If your toilet continuously experiences issues that require constant repair, then it might be time to purchase a new one. Even if your toilet appears to be in working order, there are some important warning signs that indicate it’s about time to make the upgrade.
How Old Is Your Toilet?
If your toilet was installed in the early 1990’s or before, you might want to purchase a new model to save money in the long term. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to significantly reduce excessive water use in homes throughout the United States. One of the regulations in the Act limited residential toilets to only use 1.6 gallons per flush, as opposed to the three plus gallons of water toilets used per flush at that time. If you upgrade to a modern toilet, you will notice your water bill decrease.
Does Your Toilet Have Cracks?
Cracks are an indication that leaks may occur in the future. Porcelain is prone to damage as it gets older to takes a hard enough hit. Before you purchase a new toilet, determine where exactly the cracks are forming. If they’re located on the lid, you should be fine. But if the cracks are forming on the bowl, you need to stop using your toilet and replace it immediately.
Is Your Toilet Leaking?
Leaks are not only inconvenient; it is a sign of potential disaster. If you believe you toilet has an external or internal leak, you must inspect your toilet right away. If your toilet is dripping, then you have an external leak. But if your toilet has this hissing sound like it’s not in use, take some food coloring and squirt enough to be noticeable into the water tank then wait for 10 minutes. If the coloring has made its way into the bowl, you have an internal leak.
If you are thinking about replacing your toilet, it is imperative to contact a professional plumber to assess the situation first and provide you with cost-effective recommendations.
Contact Monkey Wrench Plumbing and schedule a professional service today.