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How To Know If You Need A New Toilet

by April Rivera

Most people don't get overly excited about buying new bathroom fixtures, and the toilet is no exception to that. However, there comes a time when replacing it is simply inevitable. Whether you're looking for a good reason to get a new one or you just want to be sure the need is there before making the investment, here are five surefire signs you should purchase a new commode.

Wobbling

Is your toilet wobbling? If you feel like reaching for the motion-sickness pills every time you sit on your commode, then you definitely need to assess the situation. In an ideal world, your toilet is acting like a weeble toy from the 70's because the bolts holding it to the floor are loose. If tightening the bolts resolves the problem, you're good to go. If not, the other cause is likely rotten floorboards.

To see if a water-damaged floor is at the root of it all, you'll need to get some tools and actually remove the toilet from the floor. If the floor is damaged from the toilet leaking, you'll have to repair the floor before replacing the toilet.

Cracked Bowl

If your toilet lives long enough, it can develop hairline cracks in the bowl. At first, they aren't anything to be concerned about as long as they don't go all the way through the ceramic. But given enough time, those tiny cracks and fractures will expand into something big enough to cause a leak.

Sometimes the cracks can be repaired, which involves draining the toilet and applying some glue, epoxy, or a sealant. But this is really nothing more than a temporary fix. If that's all your budget will allow, it certainly is a viable option. But if you can afford a new toilet, discovering multiple cracks is certainly a reason to buy one, completely guilt-free.

Efficiency

If your toilet is old, it probably isn't very efficient—meaning it uses more water than it needs to when it flushes. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 became law in 1994, and it required toilets to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. So if your commode was manufactured before '94, it could be using anywhere from 3.5-5 gallons during each cycle.

If you want to save money on your water bill and do your part to make a positive impact on the environment, now's the time to get a new commode. Consider purchasing a high-efficiency toilet that only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, and you might get a tax break when you file your return.

Comfort

How do you feel when you sit on your commode? Are you constantly squirming, or does your family have to beat the door down to get you off the johnny? If you answered in the affirmative to the former, why not get a new toilet just for comfort's sake?

Older toilets are round, whereas modern toilets are elongated, adding to your comfort tremendously. Oval seats are simply more pleasant to sit on, especially for those that are tall, because they offer more seating. Some consumers believe that the elongated toilet bowls stay cleaner longer and hold in odors better.

Some companies even make commodes that are higher off the floor, making them highly beneficial to the elderly or those who have trouble going from seated to standing positions.

Excessive Repairs

If you've had to repair your toilet multiple times over the last year, whether it was leaking, constantly running, or cracked, how about just taking the plunge and buying a new one? You'll probably save money in the long run.

Does your toilet get clogged frequently? This tends to happen with older commodes, probably due to the fact that many of them are low-flow toilets, which basically means that they lack the "oomph" needed to push waste down the drain. Many homeowners in the past reported problems with them, so if your toilet falls in this category, a more modern toilet can resolve the issue easily.

For additional advice, contact a plumbing contractor at a company like High Speed Plumbing Inc.

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