The can, the potty, the porcelain throne — no matter what name it goes by in your home, there’s no denying that the toilet is one of the most important features of any bathroom. That being said, it certainly gets a workout, and like most other fixtures, will eventually need replacing. If you’re unsure whether it’s time to retire your John for an upgraded model, we’ve got three items to consider during your decision making process:
1. It’s leaking.
Arguably the most obvious sign that something has gone awry with your plumbing, and your toilet in particular, is that all-too-familiar puddle forming around it’s base. Remember, allowing water to pool, even in small portions, can lead to severe water damage to your floor and subfloor. Call a plumber right away to determine if repairing or replacing if your most cost-effective solution.
2. It’s seen better days.
Let’s face it, the toilet in your home is used and abused, and while it can stand tall for a pretty long time, eventually it’s going to start looking rundown. Not only that, but you may feel it’s time to upgrade to a more modern looking style to match your decor. Nothing against those pastel toilets of the 80’s, but style’s do change!
3. It guzzles water.
So maybe there are no physical signs that your toilet is ready to be retired, but what about that water bill? According to statistics, a toilet manufactured before 1980 can use up to 7 gallons of water in total per flush, while modern toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons. Imagine the money-saving possibilities!
Still not sure if your porcelain throne is ready for a new and improved upgrade? Just dial 714-630-8766, and let the plumbing experts at Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter have a look. We’ll help you determine any issues with your current toilet, and guide you in the right direction when it comes to repairing or replacing it.