"Should I replace my toilet?"
We've had a good amount of calls lately at the office regarding whether or not homeowners are due for a new toilet. You use it every day, but chances are you never think about the need to replace it. Even though we all agree the toilet is one of the most important utilities in our household, neighbors tend to underestimate the importance of updating their "throne."
"How do I know it's time for a new toilet??"
Flushing your $ away:
The most recent update to federal standards on toilet flush efficiency occurred in 1994, when toilets were capped at 1.6 gallons per flush. So if your toilet is older than that, there’s a good chance you could get a boost in water efficiency by upgrading. If you really want to save water, don’t settle for 1.6 gallons -models marketed as water-efficient toilets may have flush ratings as low as 1.28 gallons or lower. There are also dual-flush toilets that offer a full flush for solid waste but a partial flush for liquid waste.
If your toilet is wobbling, the best-case scenario is that the bolts connecting it to the floor have simply come loose.
Unfortunately, many cases of wobbly toilet syndrome lead to the discovery of a rotten floor underneath the toilet, often the result of long-term water damage. The best way to confirm this diagnosis is to completely remove the toilet from the floor, which should also make it easier to confirm whether a leaky toilet is the culprit.
But even if the toilet is OK, the necessary bathroom remodel that will result from a rotten floor creates a perfect opportunity to upgrade to a newer toilet if you so choose.
Cracks and Leaks:
Given enough time, many toilets will begin to develop hairline cracks in the tank, bowl and other areas. Once these cracks develop, they can expand and progress into leaks. Because your toilet is always holding water, even a tiny leak can cause a serious moisture problem over time.
Cracks that can be located can sometimes be repaired by a plumbing professional, but some can be so severe or difficult to reach that replacement is the only practical solution. Allow an experienced plumber to help assess the condition of your toilet.