Replacing your toilet can improve your bathroom's aesthetic appeal and help both the environment and your wallet by conserving water and paper.
Whether you’re interested in remodeling an entire bathroom, or you've discovered water damage on the bathroom floor or the toilet itself is damaged, there are many reasons to undertake the task of replacing a home’s toilet.
Here are eight good reasons to replace your toilet:
1. Leaks: Leaks from either the toilet's tank or its bowl can go undetected for long periods of time, causing water damage to the flooring or subfloor. If allowed to continue, the entire floor may need to be replaced. Leaks can also cause damage to rooms below if the bathroom is upstairs.
Especially when dealing with older toilets, it may be more cost-effective to replace a toilet than find and repair leaks. Leaks not only cause damage but also consume water, which may increase your utility bill.
2. Poor water-use efficiency: If you have an older toilet, just flushing it on a regular basis may have a negative impact on your utility bill. Toilets manufactured before 1980 can use up to 7 gallons of water with each flush.
Under federal guidelines enacted in the 1990s, modern toilets are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF). Most toilets today meet the EPA’s WaterSense guidelines with 1.28 GPF, and installation of these may earn a homeowner a subsidy. We also have toilets that have a flush that only uses 0.8 to 1.0 GPF. To determining your toilet's age, lift the lid and look for the date stamp.
3. The Environment: Americans are said to use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper which can be converted to 15 million trees in tree currency, every year. To add to the figure, it takes over 473 billion gallons of water for the soft-ply to be produced. After that, there are several resources spent on packaging and transporting it to places for use. Adding a toilet with an integrated bidet will lower your home’s use of toilet paper.
4. Appearance: Your toilet may not match your current color scheme or even have a resemblance to your sense of style or home decor. Toilets with colors like avocado green and coral pink were once in vogue, but today may make your home's bathroom appear hopelessly outdated.
Modern toilets can come in a variety of colors besides the more common colors such as bone, biscuit, white, or black but keep in mind that designer color toilets can have higher price tags than neutral color selections.
5. Comfort: When shopping for a new toilet, don't forget comfort. Make sure the toilet seat isn't too small or narrow and that the seat height isn't too high or low. If you're investing in a new toilet, find one that fits you and your family comfortably. The majority of the toilets sold today are a bit taller than they used to be, with the seat height the same as a dining room chair.
6. Luxury: Sitting on a freezing cold toilet seat can be absolutely unbearable, however, this experience can be no more Toto Washlets and Neorests feature a heated toilet seat. Not only does the Toto Washlet and Neorest have a heated seat it has an integrated bidet. But wait it does more some models have integrated dryers, deodorizers, sanitizing UV light, CEFIONTECT™ ceramic glaze (highly smoothed surface for easier cleaning), Dual Flush Function (1.0GPF/3.8LPF and 0.8GPF/3.0LPF), Programmable Energy Saver System, a Multifunctional Remote Control, ADA Compliant, TORNADO FLUSH System and EWATER+® - mists the bowl with Electrolyzed Water, reducing the need for harsh cleaning chemicals.
7. Broken or uncommon components: If your current toilet has broken components such as flush handle, unique toilet seat or the interior mechanisms, weigh the cost of replacing these items versus the cost of a new toilet. Often times it is just easier to replace the whole toilet, especially if the existing one is older.
8. Replacing the flooring: If you plan to replace your bathroom's flooring during a remodel, consider replacing the toilet. In many cases, the existing unit will have to be temporarily uninstalled to make way for the new flooring, so it may be an ideal time to upgrade to a new unit.
Replacing a toilet is a task best left to a qualified plumbing professional. Porcelain can be extremely heavy and easy to chip or crack. The new toilet should be properly connected to the existing drainage system to prevent leaks and ensure proper operation.
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