The mileage we put on our toilets depends on our diets, but even with a few people in the family toilets can certainly be put through the ringer. At Metro-Flow Plumbing we have over 30 years of experience working in the Dallas area and we can assure you we have seen our fair share of nightmare scenarios involving toilets but we will spare the less than pleasant details and stick to our topic at hand.
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The toilet is a critical component of any home’s plumbing system. It flushes away waste and hazardous substances, helping to keep your bathroom and home clean and safe. But when should you replace your toilet? Contrary to popular belief toilets have a shelf life just like anything else in our home’s. Knowing the signs of an aging toilet can help you make the right decision at the right time.
A bit of toilet history.
A famous man once said to replace or not replace? That is the question. That same man used to go to the bathroom in a really fancy hole. Toilet’s have come a long way since those times but where did they originate? Sometime around the time of Queen Elizabeth I, the first toilets and what are commonly referred to as WCs or water closets were invented. Up until that point everyone would just go into various different kinds of holes in the ground. The Romans had communal toilets with built in aqueducts running under everything to get rid of waste, but these communal bathroom areas were pretty awkward to say the least. Finally in 1592 a hero came along, the credit for inventing the first modern toilet goes to Sir John Harrington, the Queen’s own godson. And thus the first actual raised toilet with a pipe to deliver water to flush the waste was invented and the rest is as they say, history.
It wasn’t until almost three hundred years later in 1885 in which a man by the name of Thomas Twyford built the first one piece ceramic toilets we enjoy to this day. Before then, splinters were a common occurrence on your tushy as wood was way easier to come by and most outhouses were made of the stuff.
Indicators that it’s time for a new toilet.
Luckily, toilets are now built with sturdier material but much like their predecessors they will deteriorate or break apart eventually. There are a few key indicators that it is time for a new toilet in your home.
Not all things get better with age.
The first sign may be age – if your toilet is over 10 years old and has been in use frequently, chances are that it is time to replace it with a newer model. If yours is the house the annual Super Bowl party is held at maybe shave a year or two off of that number, those loaded nachos can be something else. Jokes aside, our point remains the same: with age comes wear-and-tear, which can cause problems such as leaking or clogging.
Water pooling around the base of the unit.
Another sign that it is time to replace your toilet is if you notice water pooling around or under the base of the unit. This indicates a leak in the seals, which can be expensive and difficult to repair. If you do find water pooling, stop using that toilet immediately if there is a second option available and give us a call at 214-328-7371 as soon as possible. It is best to replace the entire toilet before any further damage occurs and you will definitely want the help of a professional plumber to do that.
Seek an energy-efficient model.
You may also want to replace your toilet if you are looking for a more energy-efficient model. Technology has come a long way in recent years, with many new toilets designed to use less water than older versions. How does this work? We will explain this as simply as possible. One uses considerably less water than two to get rid of, so there are actually two flushing options on these new energy-efficient models. Replacing an old model with one of these efficient models will not only help save money on your monthly utility bills but also reduce overall water consumption.
Strange noises and not flushing properly.
Finally, if your toilet is making strange noises or not flushing properly, it could be a sign that something is wrong. If you find yourself constantly having to replace parts or make repairs, then it may be time for a new toilet altogether. It’s time to let go of old faithful.
When it comes to replacing toilets, there are several options to choose from. From traditional two-piece units to low-flow models, the choices can be overwhelming. It is important to do your research and find the toilet that best suits your needs and budget. Make sure to read reviews online about any model you are considering so that you know what other people have experienced with the product.
Although replacing a toilet may seem like an intimidating task, it does not have to be. Do not be intimidated and try to do something yourself, call a professional plumber today at 214-328-7371. Knowing the signs that indicate it is time for a new model as stated above is key – if you notice water pooling around the base of your unit or find yourself constantly making repairs, chances are it is time for a replacement. With proper research and guidance from experts, you will be able to choose the perfect new toilet for your home.
At Metro-Flow Plumbing, we are here to help replace your toilet and make sure you have a safe and efficient bathroom. Contact us at 214-328-7371 today to learn more about how our team can help with this important task. With years of experience in bathroom and home plumbing, our team can help you make the best choice for your home and family. Contact us at 214-328-7371 today to learn more about how we can help replace your toilet.
The toilet has had its rich history and evolution through the centuries. Comfort, efficiency and waste removal were the three key things which we human beings tackled and due to some incredible inventors we enjoy the comfort that is the modern toilet in the safety and comfort of our own home. Just remember, look for the signs and you will know when it’s time for an upgrade.
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