How Often Should I Replace My Toilet?
Second only to a shower and bathtub, the toilet in a Los Angeles home is a fixture that we rely on each and every day. We expect our toilets to look good, feel comfortable, and help us get the job done. There are many reasons why you may consider replacing your toilet, from practical, cost-effective, and purely personal.
1. You Hate It
Toilets are rarely the centerpiece of a bathroom. More often, the fixture is simply a necessity that has its own little space, and hopefully, it does not detract too much from the overall ambiance of your secret escape. If you walk into your bathroom and focus on how much you hate your toilet, it may be time for a change. Whether you inherited an unsightly mint green fixture in an older home or simply hate the boring design, replacing your toilet will make you love your bathroom even more. JW Plumbing, Heating, & Air can help you find the perfect toilet for your bathroom, and our technicians will have it installed in no time!
2. It’s Uncomfortable
By design, toilets are not the most comfortable seat in the house, but they shouldn’t be unbearable for you to sit on. If your toilet is incredibly uncomfortable, it’s time to replace it. While toilets do share a fairly common design, there are new models available on the market that are more comfortable than some traditional ones.
3. Mysterious Drips
Are you kept up all night because of the mysterious dripping noise from your toilet? These fixtures have several parts that are prone to wearing down over time, leading to dripping and running water in the bowl and tank. You can spend a great deal of time trying to locate and fix the problem, but repairs only provide relief for a few days. If your toilet is showing signs of needing constant attention, replacing it is your best option. Have a technician from JW Plumbing, Heating, & Air come by and recommend a new toilet design so your family can get some rest.
4. High Water Use
Every time you flush your toilet, it uses several gallons of water, even if it is in good shape. Older models use approximately 7 gallons per flush, and this is far more water than new models that are designed to use less than 2 gallons with each flush. Replacing your toilet gives you a return on your investment within one year due to the lower water use and associated costs. You can also factor in any repair costs that you have to maintain the older style of toilet.
5. Parts Are Hard to Find
Repairs to your toilet are only as good as the parts that are used for the job. If you or a professional technician has a hard time finding parts for your toilet, the issue will only get worse in the near future. Manufacturers often stop producing parts to make way for those needed for models made within the last five years. Replacing your toilet now saves money on repairs and ensures that parts will be available when you need them.
Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to give your home an update and freshen up the space. Be sure to include your toilet in the plans. Many homeowners in the Los Angeles area overlook their toilets when redoing their bathrooms. In the end, the toilet sticks out like a sore thumb or just seems a little out of place. We also recommend replacing your toilet when you put down new flooring to make sure that the fixture does not cause any water damage and fits into the overall aesthetics.
7. Costly Repairs
If you are flushing money down your toilet every year, we recommend that you replace the fixture. A good benchmark for knowing when repairs are too costly is if you need a professional repair more than twice per year. This indicates that the components of the toilet are wearing down, and more parts will certainly become problematic quickly. At JW Plumbing, Heating, & Air, we work with homeowners in Los Angeles to find models that save money overall in the initial investment for replacing the toilet compared to paying for repairs.
8. Damage to the Surfaces
Cracks, scratches, and chips in your toilet may not affect how it works, but the fixture is an embarrassing eyesore in your otherwise attractive bathroom. Surface damage such as this cannot be repaired, so it may be time to replace the toilet. JW Plumbing, Heating, & Air can help you find a new fixture with features beyond your current toilet design, such as water efficiency, quiet operation, and ultra-comfortable use.
9. Changing Family
If your household recently added young children or elderly parents, we recommend that you evaluate your toilets for these new family members. Young children need lower toilets to learn potty training and be able to use the bathroom one their own. Elderly parents typically benefit from higher toilets and bars to help them sit and stand. JW Plumbing, Heating, & Air can help with all these needs for your changing family.
No matter how much you scrub, some stains on toilets cannot be removed. Rust is the most common problem for Los Angeles homeowners, but toilets are also prone to hard water stains. If you gasp every time you lift the lid on the bowl or look inside the tank of your toilet, now is the time to get a new fixture for your bathroom. Modern models are designed to help keep the interior surfaces clean, so you never have to feel embarrassed by your toilet. The professionals at JW Plumbing, Heating, & Air can help you find a new toilet that has other features for your family, such as low water use, automatic flushing, and more.
Ready for a New Toilet?
Since 2006, JW Plumbing, Heating, & Air has helped Los Angeles homeowners with all their plumbing needs, including the installation, repair, and maintenance of new toilets and bathroom fixtures. You can count on us to help you update your toilets to save you money and improve the aesthetic look of your bathroom. We are proud to be the only company in LA to have won the Angie’s List Gold award, and we have top ratings with the Better Business Bureau. We’re also proud to be a member of the ACCA!
Our other plumbing services include drain cleaning, sewer line repairs and replacement, water filtration and treatment, water heaters, hydro-jetting, burst pipe repairs, and more. Our expert technicians also specialize in all your heating and cooling needs, including installation, maintenance, and repairs. Call us today to learn more about our company and services. Be sure to ask about our indoor air quality products, duct cleaning, HVAC zone systems, thermostats, and ductless mini-split systems.