When to Repair and When to Replace Your Toilet
Toilets typically last for up to 50 years, sometimes more, but eventually, there will be a time when things start breaking down. We'll try to help you understand when you can get away with repairing your toilet, and the signs that suggest you should replace your toilet.
Your toilet was built to last a long time. Unlike other household items and appliances, most of the parts in a toilet can be swapped out with new parts that can restore their normal function. If you notice a problem, we're here to help. Here are some common issues that are easily fixable by one of our plumbing experts in Orange County.
Your Toilet Is Running
A toilet that runs continuously, aka a leaky toilet, can be both frustrating and expensive. The average leaky toilet will waste about a gallon per hour or up to 26 gallons per day. That's 780 gallons a month! Other than the constant noise, over time, the waste adds up on your bill.
There are a couple of ways to figure out why your toilet is running. The most common issue is the flapper. If it's not sealing properly, the flapper will leak and should be replaced. We can do that for you and it's very affordable. Call us at (714) 464-7889
Toilet Won’t Flush?
"I love when my toilet won't flush!", said nobody ever... When it happens, some people panic, others start troubleshooting. So what's happening? Usually, it's one of the following things:
- A clog
- Lack of water in the tank
- A worn-out flapper
- A broken lift chain
Check your water levels...
Does everything look normal in the tank in the bowl? Do you see anything in either the tank or bowl that shouldn't be there?
If you open the tank, is there sufficient water in it? If no, is the shut-off valve opened?
If you lift the rubber flapper, does the water quickly drain into the bowl? If not, do you see anything obstructing the path?
If things don't look normal, or if you are ready for help, give us a call and one of our experts will diagnose the issue.
If water levels are low, or there is any water on the floor around the toilet, things could be a little more serious.
Toilet Work Until They Don't
Eventually, your toilet will fail. It may be something we mentioned, or it could be something completely different. Here are some tips and advice on troubleshooting problems if you want to attempt to fix the problem, or you can call a professional.
There are several reasons to replace a toilet. Not all of them are due to a malfunction, issue, or defect. So when should you invest in a new toilet?
Has Your Toilet Acted Up In The Past?
If you've got a toilet that has been giving you problems repeatedly, it might be time to consider replacing it. Continue repairs can cost you more over time than taking replacing it right away.
You See Visible Cracks or Scratches
Cracks and scratches can be a hint of a bigger issue, a warning sign. There could be internal water damage that is finally making its way to the surface. If your toilet is older and you're seeing cracks and scratches, it might be a good time to have it inspected or simply have your toilet replaced.
Over time, dirt, feces, and other bacteria-laden materials can build up in the scratches and cracks as well making it impossible for your toilet and your bathroom to be clean. Not only does it look bad, but it can lead to unpleasant odors as well.
The Toilet is Backing Up More Frequently
If your toilet is backing up or clogging more often, and you continue to have to plunge it, it might be time to replace it. You may also want to consider having the drain line inspected with a camera for obstructions.
Is Your Toilet a Water Waster?
A lot of older toilets use significantly more water per flush than newer more efficient toilets. New toilets are good for the environment and also for your pocketbook over time. There are often also local water company incentives to help offset the costs of your replacing your old toilet with a new toilet. Give them a call to find out.
Is Your Toilet Dated?
They say kitchen and bathroom makeovers are some of the best investments you can make in your home. Replacing an old dated toilet can be a great step when it comes to renewing the look of your bathrooms.
Buying a New Toilet
Need a new toilet? There are plenty of options. You can acquire the toilet yourself from a local store or outlet, or we can do the shopping for you. We can inspect your bathroom and measure and let you know what will work best.
Whatever Your Need, We Can Help!
At the end of the day, we're here to help. Whether you just have questions, or you want us to inspect a toilet, or shop and replace it, we can do it all. We're here to help.
Our professionals are highly-qualified and will walk you through the process of repairing or replacing your toilet so that you can be confident that you’re in good hands. You can reach us at (714) 464-7889.