Your toilet is one of the most used fixtures in your home or business. A properly functioning toilet can account for more than 25 percent of your annual water usage. If your toilet isn’t working properly, that can increase from a few gallons of water per day to over 100 gallons. Therefore, it is very important to invest in toilet repair and replacement.
POTENTIAL TOILET PROBLEMS
Keep an eye out for these signs of potential issues:
- Constantly running water.
- The need to shake the handle to stop the toilet from running.
- The need to flush multiple times to clear waste from the bowl.
- Recurring clogs.
- Visible water on any part of the toilet or standing in the floor around the toilet.
- Cracks in the bowl or tank.
- Permanent ring in the bowl that cannot be scrubbed clean.
REPAIR OR REPLACE YOUR TOILET?
As a general rule of thumb, the average life expectancy of a toilet is about 10 -15 years. However, the working parts of the toilet may need to be replaced sooner due to wear and tear. If the toilet is structurally sound, but you’re having problems with recurring clogs, slow or inefficient flushing, or constantly running water, then you may only need to have your toilet repaired.
However, if your toilet is nearing the 10-year mark, has visible cracks or cosmetic blemishes, then it could be time to consider replacing it. Not only will you solve existing problems, but you’ll also probably be able to save a considerable amount of money on your water bill. Toilets built before 1994 use an average of 3-5 gallons per flush, where today’s high-efficiency models use .8 to 1.6 gallons to efficiently clear away waste.