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Telltale Signs You Need A New Toilet Replacement
Most Orange County homeowners continue using the same toilet that was installed when their home was built. And while toilets are robust and designed to last for years, like any fixture, they have a finite lifespan. To that end, let’s look at the most common signs that point to needing a new toilet installation.
A toilet clog now and again isn’t cause for alarm; however, if you’re experiencing clogs every month or so, the issue may be that your toilet lacks the flushing power to do its job properly.
Most toilets are made out of porcelain, and cracks in the bowl are a common problem. Once the toilet develops cracks in the porcelain, the only way to remedy it is to replace it.
Leaking toilets present significant problems for homeowners. If the leak occurs outside the toilet, you risk damaging the bathroom floor, which can cost hundreds of dollars to fix. Leaks inside the toilet aren’t as problematic, but if you don’t fix it as soon as possible, you’ll pay for it in the form of increased water bills.
One of the best reasons to consider a new toilet installation is the age of your current model. Old toilets are notorious for wasting water. Older model toilets used between 3.5 and 5 gallons per flush, while modern toilets use 1.6 gallons with no discernable difference in waste removal. Also, if you have a bathroom designed in the 70s, chances are the builders used color schemes that are outdated today. Saving water and money on your water bills and updating the look of your bathroom are two great reasons to consider toilet replacement.
What Causes Clogged Toilets?
The toilet is one of the most-used fixtures in the home, and it can cause undue frustration when you can’t fix it or aggravation when dealing with a messy cleanup. When you know the common causes of toilet clogs you can take steps to avoid them.
Keep an eye out for these toilet-clogging culprits.
Low Flow Toilets
Low flow toilets have gotten a bad rap, but the truth is that it’s generally the first-generation models that are responsible for that reputation. First-generation low-flow toilets were aimed at saving water, which they did, but at the expense of flushing power. Older low-flow toilets simply can’t get the job done, which leads to frequent clogging. The best way to deal with this is to replace your old low flow commode with a new low flow model that doesn’t have this problem.
Flushing Non-Flushable Items
Toilets are designed to flush toilet paper and human waste, and that’s it. Anything else you try to flush down puts you at risk for clogs, and that includes paper towels, facial tissues, ‘flushable’ wipes, feminine products, cotton balls, etc. Speak to your family members about being mindful about what they flush down the toilet, and keep a trash can in the bathroom for those items that are best thrown away.
Blocked Toilet Trap
The toilet trap is a curved segment of the porcelain fixture that holds standing water to prevent sewer gas from coming into the home. The problem is that non-flushable items, such as those mentioned above, can get stuck in the curved trap and cause the toilet to back up. Fortunately, this problem is usually easily resolved with a handy plunger.
Blockage In The Main Sewer Line
If you experience frequent toilet clogs or clogs in multiple toilets, and you’re careful about what you flush, the problem could be with your main sewer line. Often, tree roots find tiny cracks in main sewer pipes, burrow in, and grow out of control to choke off the water flow. Sewer line problems can cause significant plumbing issues throughout your house and require the help of an experienced plumbing contractor to fix.
If you’re experiencing frequent leaks from your plumbing system, it may be time for a whole-home repipe. Contact us for more information.