Replacing your toilet with a newer, environmentally friendly model can lower your water bill and reduce the frustration that frequently accompanies toilet problems. In addition, you can choose a toilet that is designed to meet your current needs. Here are five signs you need to replace your toilet.
1. Your Toilet Has Seen Better Days
Your toilet’s age can affect the amount of water it needs to move solid waste out of the bowl. In addition, the structure of older toilets is relatively universal, with a round toilet bowl at standard height. These traditional toilet characteristics are typically uncomfortable for people of substantial height, as well as for seniors. To improve comfort, consider replacing your toilet with a newer model that offers more height with an elongated bowl and seat.
For the sake of comfort, consider an ADA-compliant toilet
When it comes to seat height for seniors and those with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines an ADA-compliant toilet as one with a height ranging from 17 to 19 inches (this measurement includes the height of the actual seat).
Benefits of an elongated toilet seat
Upon comparison to the traditional round toilet bowls, the elongated toilet bowl and seat offer a larger surface area for sitting. This additional 2 inches in length makes elongated toilet seats more comfortable than the traditional round toilet seats.
2. Frequent Toilet Clogs Are Wearing Out Your Plunger
If you are plunging your toilet more frequently than once a week, you may want to consider replacing your toilet.
Due to the need for excess water, an older toilet has a greater likelihood of overflowing than a low-flush toilet does. And, even if the toilet does not overflow, the water may have risen to the rim. This means that as you plunge, soiled water may be exiting the bowl onto the floor. What a Mess!
3. Each Toilet Flush Increases Your Water Bill, Substantially
Even though an older toilet may continue doing its job, many of these toilets are inefficient. If you have a high water bill, consider replacing toilets in your home that were manufactured before 1994. Replacing older toilets can save you a significant amount of money when you consider they may be using anywhere from 3.5 to 5, or even 7 gallons of water per flush.
The Energy Policy Act of 1992
The toilets manufactured after 1994 only require 1.6 gallons to accomplish the same task. This drastic decrease in the amount of water necessary to complete a flush resulted from the Energy Policy Act of 1992. On the 20-year anniversary of this Act, the Alliance for Water Efficiency determined that these more efficient toilets saved the United States 18.2 trillion gallons of water. Imagine how much lower your water bill could be if you replace your toilet with a newer model.
4. Toilet Repairs Have Become Your New Pastime
Although replacing the items within the toilet tank are frequently seen as DIY projects, they still take time away from doing the things you enjoy. Furthermore, if you run into a problem, something that seemed to be a breeze can wreak havoc on the household, especially when there is only one toilet in the home.
If you find yourself rebuilding a toilet one part at a time, you may want to consider hiring a professional for toilet replacement purposes. Although choosing professional toilet installation costs more upfront, your new toilet should lower your water bill, prevent floor damage from consistent overflows and leaks, extend the life of your plunger, as well as eliminate the frustration associated with toilet trouble.
5. Your Toilet No Longer Flushes
Once you rule out other plumbing issues that could be causing your toilet’s inability to flush, toilet replacement is your only option. Consider hiring a professional to replace your toilet.
Contact ToiletKing at 571.326.8708 to learn more about your toilet replacement options. In addition, we can provide you with a professional toilet replacement and installation quote. Then, we can schedule your installation.
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