If my toilet works fine, and there doesn’t seem to be any significant issues with it, then what’s the point of replacing it?
What most people don’t realize is that there are several reasons that a toilet might need to be replaced. The biggest reason is that toilets can be a big source of water waste. In California, toilets sold must be high-efficiency (1.28 gallons per flush or less), but many people still have 1.6 gpf toilets in their homes. That’s over a gallon and a half being used just to flush the toilet! You might be thinking that toilets need that much water to flush waste, but that’s not true. Many high-efficiency toilets use 0.8-1.28 gpf, and work just as well, if not better than standard toilets!
Isn’t replacing a toilet expensive?
The cost of a new toilet isn’t as expensive as people assume. For around $100-200, you can buy a brand new, stylish, and effective high-efficiency toilet. Plus, high-efficiency toilets can save you and your family a hefty amount of water and money. As water rates increase, having a toilet that uses less water will make a big difference. There are also many programs offered by local water districts that provide free toilet installations or rebates for replacing your toilet. If you need assistance finding out more information about these types of programs, contact us, or inquire with your water district.
There are a few other ways to tell if it’s time to replace your toilet:
- If your toilet has any cracks in it, there’s a high probability that it’s also leaking. If you see puddles of water around your toilet, there might be a crack in the porcelain. What might seem like a small leak can cause a significant amount of damage and an increase in your water bill.
- It’s important to remember that toilets typically have a life expectancy of 15-20 years. If your toilet is old, it’s probably time to swap it out. You would be surprised at how many people still have toilets over 20 years old in their homes! Toilets manufactured/sold after January 1, 1994, must use 1.6 gpf or less according to Federal law. Some toilets made prior to 1994 use 3.5 gpf or more!
- Many standard toilet models have their seats sitting at about 15 inches, meaning when you go to sit down onto the toilet, you’re only a little bit over a foot off the ground. As we all know, this can be an issue for the elderly, those with physical handicaps, and tall people. Thankfully, there are many available toilet models that have taller bowl heights. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliance requires toilets to be at least 17 inches tall.
If you are looking to replace your toilet with a new high-efficiency toilet, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! We are happy to give recommendations and answer any questions you might have.