Guidelines on whether to repair or replace a toilet for your League City, Friendswood and Clear Lake area home
We’ve all come to expect and enjoy the convenience of indoor plumbing. We use it on a daily basis. So when your toilet is isn’t working right, you want it repaired and working quickly. The problems that you’ll have with your toilet will mainly fall into these categories:
- Leaks or running toilet
- Cracked or damaged porcelain housing
- Excess water usage
- Stylistically outdated or not functional
Leaking or running toilet
Any where there is a connection, seam or joint there is chance a water leak can occur. Any water leak that is not contained inside the toilet needs to fixed to protect your homes furnishings and structure from the damage water can cause. If the leak is outside the toilet in the water supply line (see diagram), the line can be repaired and the toilet does not need replacing. If the leak is inside the water tank (see diagram), there may be a problem with the float or filler assembly. Most times these parts can be replaced without replacing the entire toilet.
Toilet leaking around the base, water on the floor
Your toilet connects to the drain line toilet flange. There is a wax ring seal that forms a gasket between your toilet and the drain line (see diagram). If you’re seeing leaking here, it is important to have this repaired. The leaking water can damage floor joist structure, any ceilings below the toilet and any furnishings around the area. Your toilet will need to be removed to make repairs. Consider replacing the entire toilet if it has any damage or cracks in the porcelain, clogs on a regular basis, uses excess water (new toilets use less water per flush) or you want an updated look.
Reduce water usage, conserve water!
Some very old toilets can use up to 6 gallons per flush. New water efficient toilets are mandated on how much water can be used per flush. Low flow water saving toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water. They even flush better than older toilets. A typical toilet will be flushed up to 14,000 times during it’s lifetime. There are even dual flush toilet models that have 2 settings, one for liquid only and one for solids. If water conservation or reducing your water bill is important, updating a toilet to a modern toilet will make a huge difference in the water you use and pay for.
Old outdated toilet style
Remember when pink plumbing fixtures were all the rage? Even if you don’t remember those days, you may have seen this trend in home’s you’ve visited. A fast way to update the look of any bathroom is to update the fixtures. You’ll get peace of mind knowing the fixtures aren’t worn and prone to leaking. You’ll save water if you replace old model toilets. And you’ll have the satisfaction of a mini remodel for your bathroom!
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