Toilets can last a long time without needing to be replaced. Most people tend to use the same toilet for years but sometimes these units reach their lifespan and need to be replaced. Here are some reasons that it might be time to upgrade:
Your toilet may have internal leaks. This occurs when water drips from the tank into the bowl itself. The sound of water hissing when the toilet is not in use is a clear sign of a leak. A simple way to figure out if there is an internal leak is to drop 10 droplets of food coloring or a dye tablet into the tank. Wait 10 minutes, and if the bowl is colored, there is an internal leak. Your toilet might just need a new drain stopper in the tank. However, if the damage is extensive, looking into a new system is advised.
Cracks in toilet lids are common but if you notice any cracks in the bowl area, stop using the toilet. Feel the floor for dampness/water damage to make sure your toilet is leaking. Cracks can allow sewage water to escape back into your house, causing major health issues. If cracks are present in the bowl, purchase a new toilet and contact Cartwrights for installation or repair.
Clogging is a common plumbing concern that can often be resolved with a plunger. But excessive clogging should not be treated the same way. If you think your toilet isn’t doing its job anymore, and you find yourself using the plunger every time you flush, it’s time for an upgrade.
One of the better reasons to get a new toilet is to save yourself money and water. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 regulated the amount of water being used for conventional toilets. New residential toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, compared to the old toilets that can use up to 3.5 - 7 gallons per flush!
Any toilet still in use before this act might need being replaced. The replacement and installment won’t be cheap at first, but will save your water bill from being more expensive than it needs to be. Call Cartwrights today for more information or schedule online for any plumbing help!